Jan 5, 2016, 11:42 AM
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Pakistan to play positive role in Saudi-Iran tension: Minister

Islamabad, Jan 5, IRNA - Pakistan's Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said that his country would play a positive role to end ongoing tension between the brotherly Islamic countries Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Speaking in the parliament, the minister said that Pakistan was closely monitoring the situation and developments in the Middle East including Tehran-Riyadh tensions.

“There is already unrest in Syria and Iraq and such a conflict should not have occurred between two more Muslim countries,” he added.

Also, Pakistan's Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said the Saudi-Iran tension could have negative impacts in the region, particularly, in Pakistan.
“The government would issue a policy statement after analyzing the situation,” he added.

Earlier, leader of the House Syed Khursheed Shah and members of the National Assembly belonging to different political parties drew the attention of the Parliament towards the ongoing tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia and asked the government to play constructive role to help solve the crisis.

Khursheed Shah said important changes could occur in the region due to the conflicts between Islamic countries.

Pakistan former foreign minister and current member of parliament Shah Mehmood Qureshi said being an important country of the Muslim world, Pakistan could play a pivotal role to end the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan, he said, had brotherly relations with both the countries and the government should adopt a policy on the matter after taking the Parliament into confidence.

Also, Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui, another Pakistani MP, said: Pakistan should play its due role to end Saudi-Iran tension.