ISLAMABAD - Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said there is no threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity and Haramain Sharifain.

Talking to a private TV channel Tuesday, Khawaja Asif went on to say that, in case there is a danger then Pakistan will stand by its Saudi brethren. He said there were around 1,000 Pakistani troops already based in Saudi Arabia but had nothing to do with the Yemen operation. "Some of them are doctors, others are technical and will be back within a few days," he added. He said no decision would be taken against the national interest. He added that was why the prime minister had called the joint session of the parliament to take a consensus decision on the Yemen issue.

To a question, Asif said that despite many challenges, including terrorism, energy etc being faced by Pakistan, the government was taking steps to improve national economy. He said that the Pakistan Army was successfully combating the operation to wipe out terrorists from North Waziristan Agency. He added that the war against terror was being fought at borders, streets and schools.

To a question, he said that he did not use un-parliamentary language against any political party and its leadership during his speech in the parliament on Monday.

“I also reminded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members that they had resigned from the National Assembly and now rejoined the Parliament which was 'unconstitutional,” he added. He said that PTI chief Imran Khan used derogatory language against leaders of various political parties from the container at D-Chowk.