Published Date: Jun 12, 2017
SDPI Press Release (June 12,2017)
Speakers at Seminar Urge for National Unity to Respond Middle Eastern Crises
The emerging conflict and new crises developing in Middle East has put Pakistan in a very difficult situation. To respond the serious challenges posed on diplomatic front that entailed grave geo-political consequences, national unity was need of hour. The speakers said this while expressing their views at the seminar ‘Changing Power Dynamics in the Context of Prevailing Situation in Middle East’ held at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday.
Afrasiab Khattak, senior politician and analyst, covered the historic background of conflict in Middle East and said that there was fear that Pakistan could push itself to present quagmire in Middle East by becoming a frontline state again and by associating itself with one of the party to conflict such as ‘Islamic Alliance’ that was actually led by US and Israel being its unannounced member.
He said that Pakistan must maintain its neutrality in the situation and should focus on exploring some way out while applying diplomacy. He warned that becoming part of the conflict would have serious implications for Pakistan and especially, the situation in Baloshistan , which was already volatile, could become worst and hence, may result as ‘internationalization’ of the issue.
Afrasian Khattak said that the government which had marginalized itself by marginalizing the parliament should bring the issue in the house to find a broader national consensus about its response to Middle Eastern crises.
Imtiaz Gul, senior defence and political analyst, on the occasion said that Pakistan cannot remain unaffected if Iran is going to involve in any conflict situation. Likewise, annoying Arab countries in the situation would also contribute in massive unemployment as millions of Pakistanis were working in different Middle Easter countries. Thus the situation was demanding a well thought out national response consulting all the stakeholders.
Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, Head Research Coordination Unit SDPI, earlier presented a detailed outlook of the crises in Middle East and said that now it had become obvious that the roots of conflict were not of sectarian nature but entailed geo-political interests of the various players involved in the conflict.