Situation in Yemen is becoming intense and so is the debate inside Pakistan on its dubious role in the crisis. The most depressing is the almost nonexistent role of the United Nations. It’s a classical example how nations conduct themselves on international level; they mostly are suspicion and mistrust each other. Saudi Arabia is conducting herself on the doctrine of pre-emptive strikes when it comes to the vital question of national security.

Pakistan is clearly feeling the pull of the situation in Yemen. Pakistani state’s reliance and ideological closeness, plus ruling leadership’s personal relations with Saudi royal family has heavily tilted Pakistan in favour of Saudi Arabia in the unfolding conflict. There are far right elements in Pakistan, who with the support of Saudi riyals and Pakistani state have flourished in the last three decades, are taking to streets in favour of their benefactors.

On the other hand all centre left or left parties are warning government not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Pakistan is a highly sensitive society; pursuance of policies based upon violence in foreign affairs, in the last three decades, has fractured Pakistani society on communal lines.

The conflict in Yemen is clearly taking a communal shape, impact of which would be disastrous on Pakistan. It seems that Pakistan is not responding to the situation as a nation but as sections of society with their own vested interests, country like Pakistan which has among other challenges as well as an ‘identity crisis,’ needs to take extra care in dealing with this situation. Policy makers should also take the interests of overseas Pakistanis into account. There are around 10 million Pakistanis living abroad, contribution of those to Pakistan economy is significant.


Australia, April 4.