KARACHI - Leaders of all parties has demanded the government to call an All Parties Conference over the Yemen Issue.

MQM:Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to call All Parties Conference (APC) on Yemen conflict for consultation with parties. Hussain expressed these views while addressing MQM general workers meeting at Lalqila ground Azizabad Karachi. He said that the current situation in Middle East could trigger a third word war.

Calling political parties leaders, he said that we should learn from our past mistakes while nation is still paying the price in form of Zarb-e-Azb.

He said that the situation was very sensitive and it is unfortunate that some national liberal forces were supporting the Saudi aggression. He said that it seems that these forces were not aware with the current situation of the South Asia region. “I appeal to all leaders to review the history from period of independence before taking any decision regarding the Yemen conflict. And also evaluate the results of the five wars that were fought by the Pakistan army,” said MQM chief.

He further demanded PM Nawaz to call APC to discuss the current Middle East situation instead wasting more time.

Talking about the rangers raid at Nine-Zero, he alleged that Waqas Ali Shah, an MQM worker, was killed by rangers. “MQM doesn’t believe in violence, the party would not support workers who were found involved in violence,” he said. He further said workers involved in extortion should either quit criminal activities or part ways with the party. “I will cleanse MQM from criminals if any,” he pledged.

JUI-F Chief meets Pir Pagara: Chief of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday suggested All Parties Conference (APC) before sending Pakistan Army troops to Yemen.

He expressed these views during a joint press conference along with Pakistan Muslim League-Functional Chief Pir Pagara at Raja House Karachi.

Earlier both chiefs discussed key issues of the country. The meeting continued for two hours in which Yemen’s conflict was also discussed. PML-F Pir Sardaruddin Shah Rashidi, Kamran Tisori, JUI-F Qari Mohammad Usman and other were present.

Speaking to the media men after the meeting Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that Saudi Arabia on every occasion provided help to Pakistan while we have also tired our best in return. “People directly threatening to attack Haram al-Sharif should keep themselves in limits,” said JUI-F chief.

Talking about sending of Pak-army troops to Yemen, he said that government should not make rapid decision over the matter. Keeping in view the old and good relation with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan must take sensible decision after consultations with stakeholders and national leadership, he added. The country is in hard times and still stuck in the issue of Afghanistan while super powers were making efforts to put Pakistan in more trouble said JUI-F chief adding that we have to tackle the situation sensibly.

On the occasion JUI-F chief demanded to call All Parties Conference (APC) to discuss matters adding that consultations with the political leadership would help government to tackle the issue.

To a question he said that the party does have reservation with Muttahid Quami Movement but dialogue is encouraged.

To another query, he said that the government should implement the agreement 2005 and 2010 with religious seminaries and Law enforcement agencies should halt frequent introduction of new formulas which has been troubling religious seminaries.

On the occasion PML-F chief thanked Maulana Fazlur Rehman on his visit and said that I agreed with JUI-F chief analysis regarding the current situation.            

Meanwhile head of Jamia Binoria Mufti Naeem also held a meeting with JUI-F Chief at the resident of Haji Masood Parekh in Defence Karachi. Moulana Farhan Naeem, Moulana Saif Ullah Rabani, Moulana Hammad Ullha Shah, Moulana Ghulam Rasool and others Uleemas were also present on the occasion.

During the meeting ongoing Pakistan and Middle East situations came under discussion. Speaking on the occasion JUI-F chief said that enemies with agenda to harm the Muslim Ummah, were hatching conspiracy to speed up sectarianism while Yemen issues should be resolved through dialogues. He said Pakistan respects Saudi Arabia and keeping in view the old relation the matter requires national consensus. We were passing through a tough time, War and terrorism always remained need of western powers and it had been promoting terrorism, he said adding the matter of sending Pak-army troops to Yemen should be decided with consensus of the stakeholders and national leadership.

On the occasion Mufti Naeem said a specific group in Yemen was carrying out killings of innocent Muslims and even threatens to harm fort of Islam Saudi Arabia.

PPP’s Khursheed Shah: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah has called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take Parliament into confidence over Saudi-Yemen issue.

Speaking to media outside his residence here Sunday, Shah said, "If we can hold All Parties Conference on other issues, why it can't be held over Saudi-Yemen matter?" He said although Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed brotherly relations but the former itself is in state of war.

The PPP stalwart further said that action against terrorists in Karachi was being carried out indiscriminately, adding that any particular political party was not being targeted. He went on to say that accused apprehended from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement headquarters Nine Zero are under custody. He added that there should not be any armed wing in the political parties. No party is being push against the wall, said Shah.

JuD announces movement to safeguard Haram al-Sharif: Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Karachi chapter working on the central leadership policy has announced to hold a massive gathering to show solidarity with Saudi Arabia.

The decision was taken in a meeting held on Sunday to discuss the current situation of the Middle East. Speaking on the occasion JuD Karachi chief Muzamil Iqbal Qureshi said party central leadership has decided to launch a movement to safeguard Haram al-Sharif while party will organise public gatherings, rallies and conferences to mobilise people.

He informed that JuD will hold a solidarity rally on March 31 in Karachi to show solidarity with Saudi Arabia and different religious leaders will attend the rally. He said that JuD movement would play its role to bring Muslim on a platform to defeat conspiracies of enemies.

On the other hand, Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri has demanded the government to call All Parties Conference (APC) before finalising decision of sending Pakistan Army troops to Yemen in assistance to the Saudi Arabia. PST chief said that super powers were making efforts to occupy resources of Muslim countries by launching proxies’ war in the region. The situation of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other countries has already harmed Muslims and Islam while Pakistan`s jump in another war might generate inconsistency in the country.

He urged rulers of the Saudi Arabia and Iran to halt involving other Muslims countries in their war and demanded Pakistan call APC for the consultations with the religious and political leadership of the country.

Also MWM spokesperson on Sunday has urged Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif (COAS) not become a part of PML-N policy for supporting Saudi Arabia keeping in view public opinions.