Cairo: Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al Jarwan, Chairman of the Arab Parliament in the Arab league has said he is ‘disappointed’ with the Pakistani parliament’s decision, to remain neutral in the Yemen conflict .

His comments came a day after the Pakistani Parliament decided not to participate in Operation Decisive Storm, in a move that drew sharp criticism from the UAE. Al Jarwan described the Pakistani decision as ‘inconsistent’ with Arab and Islamic stances.

On Friday, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash has said on Twitter that the Pakistani parliament’s rejection of intervention in Yemen is “unexpected from Islamabad.”

“The Pakistani parliament’s decision that stipulates ‘neutrality in the Yemeni conflict’ and expresses ‘its genuine support for Saudi Arabia’ is contradictory and unexpected from Islamabad.”

“The Arabian Gulf is in a dangerous and fateful confrontation and its strategic security is at stake. Moments like these distinguish real allies from those of media statements. Pakistan is required to have a clear stance, for the sake of its strategic relations with Gulf States. Positions that are contradictory in such fateful issue have a high cost,” Gargash added.

Prominent Gulf Daily “Khaleej Times” in an editorial “Stand up for a Friend” on Sunday said “Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Gulf countries expect action from Pakistan and not neutrality. It must walk the talk and rebuild trust and bridges with old friends and not stay on the sidelines”.

The newspaper asserted that the security of the Gulf is in Pakistan’s interests and diplomatic efforts must be supported for a peaceful solution to the crisis. Iran is the aggressor in this situation and it’s meddling in the affairs of countries like Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen is not acceptable to the GCC.

The newspaper said the GCC calls for action from Pakistan as it battles to drive out the Houthis, an Iranian proxy, who are moving fast and capturing large parts of Yemen. Iran is encircling the Gulf and is threatening the security of these states.

The newspaper commented that such a danger to the entire region should be viewed as larger threat to Pakistan’s interests. Riyadh and other Gulf states have doled out $3 billion to shore up Pakistan’s economy. It will need more assistance to get out of the woods and improve the quality of life of its people. Parliament is clear the country cannot afford more conflict, but a friend’s enemy should be viewed as an enemy by Islamabad, the newspaper remarked.