FO: (Saudi Arabia contacts Pakistan to provide assistance in Yemen: FO)

March 25, 2015 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has confirmed that Saudi Arabia has contacted Pakistan to provide assistance to overcome on-going crisis in Yemen.

At her weekly news briefing here on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said the Saudi request to become part of its coalition against Yemeni rebels is currently being examined.

She said Pakistani community in Yemen has been alerted in view of the current situation there. No decision, however, has so far been taken to shut down the embassy. The mission has been asked to remain alert for evacuation of Pakistani community in case the situation further deteriorates.

When asked about the registration of case by India against Hurriyat leader Asiya Andrabi for singing Pakistani national song, the spokesperson said the Kashmiri people have a special love for Pakistan.

The registration of case against the Hurriyat leader reinforces that the people in Occupied Kashmir are being subjected to suppression and denied the right to express their views and sentiments.

She said Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory. Future of the territory is to be decided by the people of Jammu and Kashmir through exercise of free and fair plebiscite as guaranteed by the UN Security Council resolutions.

On the Samjhota train attack case, she said the bereaved Pakistani families still await justice despite lapse of so many years.

To a question, she said the Chinese president will visit Pakistan. The dates of the visit will be announced simultaneously in Beijing and Islamabad.

She said during the visit, the two sides will review the whole gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and international matters of common interests. She said the two countries will also sign some important agreements in order further cement the friendly and strategic relations.

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