The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the U.S, his Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani, Tuesday denied CNN and Reuters reporting that the country was part of the Saudi Arabia led air campaign against Yemen. Talking in Dallas to members of the Dallas-Fort Worth World Affairs Council, the Ambassador stressed that the situation should be resolved by diplomatic means, the U.N, and that Pakistan were there to provide moral support.
It was last week Saudi Arabia led a 10-member coalition rumored to be the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan, Morocco, Egypt and Sudan, in launching airstrikes against al-Houthi targets in Yemen. According to Stratfor Global Intelligence, a private global intelligence company based in Austin, Texas, Yemen has become a battleground in the struggle for regional influence between Saudi Arabia and Iran, with Iran indirectly encouraging the al-Houthis – pro-Iranian Shiite rebels – to carry out armed attacks in Bahrain, Lebanon and eastern Saudi Arabia. Stratfor reports, however, that the airstrikes would continue until Yemen will be able to resume a U.N backed political transition.
Touching on Pakistan’s good economic growth of 4.3 percent and that the country also act as a spokesperson for Iran, Ambassador Jilani said the gruesome attack last year when six Taliban fighters killed 126 people, mostly children, at a school in Peshawar, have made all Pakistanis determined to crush terrorism.
Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani assumed his responsibilities as Ambassador of Pakistan on January 2, 2014. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, Ambassador Jilani served as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan from March 2012 to December 2013.
The presentation by his Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani, ended with Pakistani beauty queen Neelma Mirza, singing a Pakistani folksong.