The proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is expanding, Saudi Arabia wants to contain the growing impact of Iran, within the Arab peninsula, in order to save and secure its boundaries. So, in order to save the Yemeni government of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Saudi Arab has launched air strikes against Houthi rebels in consequence of which civilian causalities are increasing daily.

Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon are already facing the crises but now the flames are engulfing Yemen also. The present state of Yemen is, in fact, the consequence of the continuation of the last eleven years political anarchy; there have been six rounds of civil war between Yemeni government and Houthi rebels. In 2011, when demonstrations in Sana against President Ali Abdullah Saleh became out of control, he signed a deal to transfer power to his vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

To respond to the crisis, Pakistani leadership will have to play an impartial role. A high profile delegation has been sent to Saudi Arabia and the Prime Minister should, with the help of Turkey, visit Iran on immediate basis and try to send the same responsible delegate to Yemen, in order to bring Houthi rebels to the table for talks.

Calling back the Pakistani Ambassador from Yemen was not a good idea because if he had stayed there, it would have been beneficial to initiate dialogues with the Houthi rebels.

MUHAMMAD YASIR KAYANI,

Kasur, April 5.