ISLAMABAD: A high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday categorically stated that any violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia would evoke a strong reaction from Pakistan.
The meeting held here at the Prime Minister House was attended by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security Sartaj
Aziz, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi, Secretary Foreign Affairs and other senior officers.
A statement issued by the media cell of Prime Minister House said the meeting reiterated that Pakistan held Saudi Arabia in very high esteem and considered the security of the holy land of utmost importance.
“Any violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia would evoke a strong reaction from Pakistan, according to the aspirations of the people of Pakistan,” the statement said.
It was also decided to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia for holding discussions on the matter.
The Prime Minister also noted the satisfactory completion of first phase of evacuation of Pakistanis in Yemen and directed that the remaining be brought back home safely at the earliest.
He was also updated on the status of Pakistanis still stranded in Yemen.
The Prime Minister was informed that a Chinese ship would be reaching Aden tomorrow (Wednesday) and pick up around 200 Pakistanis stranded there.
Depending upon on-ground conditions and route of the Chinese ship, these people would be dropped either at Djibouti or at Moqalla, which was peaceful at the moment and where around 100
Pakistanis were already living.
Pakistan’s own naval ship, which was dispatched on the directives of the Prime Minister, would reach Yemen on April 2 and bring these people back to the country.
The Prime Minister was informed that still there were about 75 Pakistanis in Sanaa, who would soon be airlifted or taken to the Moqalla.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was constantly keeping himself updated on the situation, said that the people still stuck in Yemen should rest assured that no stone would be left unturned in ensuring
their safe exit from the country.
The Prime Minister was informed that Pakistanis returning from Yemen were highly appreciative and lauded the personal interest taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in ensuring their safe exit from the disturbed areas and for treating it as a national priority.