After the tweets by UAE minister threatening Pakistan of consequences of it neutral stance taken by its Parliament, a response was needed by the government to clear its position afterwards. There were speculations that Pakistan would be forced to change its decision because of extreme pressure from the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. Hence the announcement of policy statement by PM Nawaz Sharif was greatly anticipated. Here is the statement given by the Prime Minister and reaction on social media.
— Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) April 13, 2015
We are not sending troops. YES But we are not neutral. We have condemned the rebels. — پکھی واس (@barooq) April 13, 2015
Bravo PM Sharif! Way to reiterate the voice of the Pakistani people as articulated by parliament! Way to silence the incurable naysayers! — Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) April 13, 2015
There was some criticism by former ambassador Hussain Haqqani. Haqqani has been critical to Governments foreign policy in recent past. See his tweets on UAE minister’s threats here.
What really amazes me is this inordinate desire by some to ask for black-and-white clarity in a situation that demands great nuance.
— EH (@ejazhaider) April 13, 2015
Amazing how some events these days quickly reveal whose ideological, economic & emotional investments are tucked where.
— Nadeem F. Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) April 13, 2015
There were some humorous responses on the present situation. Mohsin Hijazee as usual dealt the issue with his comical tweets in urdu.
موجودہ خارجہ پالیسی: ادھار بڑے شوق سے، فوج اگلے چوک سے — Mohsin Hijazee (@MohsinHijazee) April 13, 2015
عربوں کی عقل کا اندازہ یہاں سے لگایا جا سکتا ہے کہ فوج بھی وہ اور اس ملک کی مانگ رہے ہیں جس کےفاٹا وغیرہ سمیت تین صوبے مستحکم نہیں — Mohsin Hijazee (@MohsinHijazee) April 13, 2015
Rightly after the policy statement there were reports of arrest of prime suspect of MQM’s former central leader Imran Farooqi’s murder from Karachi.
Today and tomorrow the media will be busy on MQM, while the Government of Pakistan chupkay say approves / sends the troops for KSA / Yemen.
— Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor) April 13, 2015
— Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) April 13, 2015
All shuld donate to enable pro Saudi parties,jihadis to join coalition,once thy gone,Pak should be relocated,so they are unable to come back
— Asad Munir (@asadmunir38) April 13, 2015