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Pakistan, Stay Out of Syria's Civil War

Written by Sahar Habib Ghazi On 25 February 2014 @ 7:33 am | No Comments

In English, International Relations, Pakistan, Quick Reads, Saudi Arabia, South Asia, Syria, War & Conflict

A day after a tiny news items titled, “Saudi Arabia ‘seeking Pakistani arms for Syrian rebels [1]” appeared in Pakistani newspapers, political blogger Ahsan Butt posts a provocative piece warning Pakistan's foreign policymakers against tiptoeing into Syria's affairs.

In “This is not our war (Syria Edition)” [2] on the Five Rupees Blog, Ahsan writes:

What Pakistan is doing vis-a-vis Syria is one of the dumbest things Pakistan has done in a long time, and that’s really saying something. The Syrian civil war, tragic as it is, has nothing to do with Pakistan. Pakistan has no interests in that conflict. None.

Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan [1] to provide Pakistan-made anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets. Ahsan warns:

Is it wise and advisable to wade into a sectarian civil war two thousand miles away?[...]

Just examine the trajectory of sectarian violence over the last decade.

He explains that any interference in Syria will force the Pakistani state to pay attention to rising sectarian violence [3] in the country:

What are the possible ramifications for such a policy on sectarian violence in Pakistan? Is it likely to exacerbate and make more deadly sectarian cleavages or the opposite?

Ahsan lists four more provocative questions which you can read here. [2]


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[1] Saudi Arabia ‘seeking Pakistani arms for Syrian rebels: http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-138881-Saudi-Arabia-seeking-Pakistani-arms-for-Syrian-rebels

[2] This is not our war (Syria Edition)”: http://fiverupees.com/2014/02/24/this-is-not-our-war-syria-edition/

[3] rising sectarian violence: http://tashaddud.org/stories.html

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