SECTARIAN WARS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD; LIKELY IMPACTS ON PAKISTAN AND THE ROLE IT CAN PLAY
On 3rd June 2015, the Centre for Peace and Security Studies (CPSS) and Institute of Islamic Strategic Affairs (IISA), UK based think-tank, arranged a Round Table of Specialists on “Sectarian Wars in the Muslim World; Likely impacts on Pakistan and the role it can play”, at Islamabad.
The objective was to have a wholesome discussion on the Saudi-Yemen war and the overall impact of sectarianism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and other Muslim countries of the Middle East. It was a point of deep concern for all the participants that sectarian situation was worsening in the Middle East which could go out of hand if it was not handled deftly.
Of course Pakistan remained the focus of discussion because it is already facing the malady of sectarianism for last three decades. The discussion revolved around the pros and cons of the decision of showing restraint in sending the Pak army to Saudi Arabia. All agreed to the fact that Pakistan has strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia which required sympathetic consideration of Saudi request but at the same time the theme prevailed that Pakistan was already in the middle of quagmire therefore it should avoid entering into direct conflict with Yemen. It could undermine our relations with Iran too.
The growing influence of self-professed Islamic State or Daiesh also came under consideration.
This point was also appreciated that Pakistan should spend more energy on making organised efforts to set our own house in order because the hydra of terrorism was still alive and kicking.
Detailed report would be issued soon.