Pakistan government has decided to send the military contingent to Qatar after a similar decision was made by Turkey.
According to a report by Middle East Observer quoting Turkey’s state-owned media group, TRT’s Urdu portal, Pakistan is expected to send more than 20,000 soldiers to Qatar.
According to the report, on June 9, a bill tabled in National Assembly of Pakistan to send 20,000 troops to Qatar. After passing the bill in National Assembly, Pakistan urged both groups will find a solution through dialogue.
However, many observers cast doubt on whether Pakistan would take a side in the Saudi-Qatar conflict by sending troops to Qatar, said the defence.pk.
It is still not clear that the decision would impact Pakistan’s role in Saudi Arabia-led military alliance, headed by the retired Chief of Army Staff Gen (retd.) Raheel Sharif.
During last two weeks many Pakistani media reported that Raheel Sharif was unhappy with the alliance being wrongly used against Iran and other Muslim countries rather than serving its core purpose.
He is expected to resign from the post he took or is going to take, soon and would return to Pakistan.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif faced ever so cold and rude behavior of our so-called Muslim brother country, Saudi Arabia, during his latest visit during the US-Muslim summit.
He was treated as ‘nobody’ and wasn’t allowed to speak to the Summit, for which he had reportedly practiced for over six hours.
Pak PM plans to visit Qatar
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was expected to fly to Qatar, Kuwait to help resolve Gulf crisis, from Astana, Kazakhstan, where he was attending a two-day meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), ended on Friday (9 June).
“Since Pakistan enjoys good relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar, we will try our best to resolve the differences between the Arab countries,” Sharif said while speaking to journalists.
The premier said the Muslim world should play its role in ending the diplomatic crisis in the Arabian Gulf, according to The Express Tribune.
Turkey to deploy troop to Qatar
Earlier on 8 June, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ratified two deals on deploying Turkish troops in Qatar and training the Gulf nation’s gendarmerie.
Turkey’s parliament had ratified the decision of sending troops to the region, within the framework of the military base agreement which was agreed to by Qatar and Turkey in 2014, and was signed in 2015.
Turkey’s decision is a show of support for Qatar as it faces diplomatic and trade isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers, according to aljazeera.com.
Turkey is a key ally of Qatar and is setting up a military base in the country which also hosts the largest US airbase in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and closed their airspace to commercial flights on Monday, accusing it with financing “extremist” groups.
Qatar vehemently denies the accusations. This is the worst split between powerful Arab states in decades.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the Arab states’ move, saying isolating Qatar and imposing sanctions will not resolve any problems and adding that Ankara will do everything in its power to help end the crisis.