Pakistan Concerned Over Saudi-Iran Tensions

The ministry said terrorism forces can take advantage of any disunity in the Muslim nations.

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Supporters of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protest against
the execution of Shi’ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Reuters)

Pakistan has expressed concerns over the escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and criticised the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

The statement issued by the Pakistan foreign ministry described the attack on the Saudi embassy against international norms, most unfortunate and deeply regrettable.

The statement followed Saudi Arabia’s decision to cut off diplomatic relations with Iran after angry protesters stormed its embassy in Tehran in objection to the execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

It is the responsibility of states to provide full safety and security to all diplomatic Missions and their personnel.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry

The ministry said the dark forces of extremism and terrorism can take advantage of any disunity in the Muslim nations.

The Pakistani parliament also debated the issue. The Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal, assured the house that Pakistan will play a positive role in defusing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Responding to a point raised by the opposition leader, Syed Khurshid Shah, Iqbal said it has been the policy of the government to promote unity and solidarity amongst the Islamic countries.

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