Islamabad- Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif reaffirming Pakistan's pledge to defence Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, at all costs said Pakistan is the only country fighting terrorism alone.

"Pakistan is fighting this war against terrorism on its own resources," he said while delivering policy statement, at joint sitting of the Parliament today.

"Pakistan is the only nation in the world that has taken on terrorism head on," he added. He said we have sacrificed over 50,000 lives and suffered a loss of more than one hundred billion dollars to ensure global peace, but no one came to our help in this war.

Reiterating the government's view that if Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity is harmed, Pakistan will take its side Asif said, "Pakistan remains a sincere and committed friend to Saudi Arabia. The grave security situation in Yemen has raised severe implications for Pakistan. Given the gravity of the situation PM Nawaz decided the subject merits in-depth discussion in the Parliament."

"The government of PML-N believes in collective decision made through a participatory discussion."

He appraised the Parliament of the latest situation of Yemen and Pakistan's efforts, to resolve the crisis peacefully. In this connection, he referred to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Turkey, which he undertook as part of diplomatic efforts on this count.

“For both Turkey and Pakistan, Saudi Arabia is a friend, a brother", he said. "Both countries will stand by Saudi Arabia; we stand committed to extend support to Saudi Arabia."

He added that it is important for all influential figures of the Muslim Ummah to find a peaceful solution. "There is a need for coming to a peaceful solution," Asif reiterated. "The government will greatly appreciate guidance of elected members in the parliament."

He said special PIA flights evacuated hundreds of Pakistanis in Yemen. "34 Pakistanis will be evacuated today," he added. Asif thanks the Saudi government for assistance in evacuations. "We are also thankful to China because of their help to Pakistanis from Aden, who were transported to Djibouti and eventually Pakistan."

After the Defence Minister's statement, the House was adjourned till 5 p.m. today.