If the parliament decides to send Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia, I have a question or two to ask; what will be the role of the Pakistani troops or the nature of their operations? Will we be defensive, offensive or both? Under whose command will the Pakistani troops be placed? Will they be under the Saudi High Command (SHC) or the Pakistan Forces Commander (PFC) or the Supreme Commander of the Joint Operational Command (SCJOP)? If they are under the SHC, would the Pakistani forces, if ordered, cross the international borders between the SA and Yemen? And if they are under the SCJOP, would it not tantamount to Pakistan being an ally and an equal partner of the SA, in a war against another sovereign state Yemen?

COL. RIAZ JAFRI (RETD),

Rawalpindi, April 7.