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Pakistan to implement UN resolution for arms embargo on Houthi rebels

18 April, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan started implementing the UN Security Council resolution seeking arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi rebels as well as freezing their assets and imposing a travel ban.

“Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued SRO 324(I)/ 2015 in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 2 of the United Nations (Security Council) Act, 1948 (XIV of 1948) to implement assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo and other related obligations in accordance with the relevant provisions of the UNSC resolutions on Yemen,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

On April 14, the UNSC adopted a resolution under chapter VII of the UN Charter on the situation in Yemen.

The Foreign Office said Pakistan will take all measures to fully implement the provisions of the Security Council resolutions 2140(2014), 2204(2015) and 2216 (2015) on the situation in Yemen in line with its international obligations.

However, it did not say what measures Pakistan is contemplating to ensure implementation of UNSC resolution.

It is believed that Pakistan may send naval vessels to the Arab Peninsula to join other Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, to stop supply of weapons and arms to Houthis from outside.

On Thursday, the government said it had assured Saudi Arabia of its support in enforcing the United Nations Security Council’s arms embargo on Houthi militia and forces loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, which could entail a role for the Pakistan Navy.

The commitment was conveyed to the Saudi leadership by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who visited the kingdom as special envoy of the prime minister, along with Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Ashfaq Nadeem and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry. Briefing a specially convened meeting at the Prime Minister’s House, the delegation members said, “We affirmed to the Saudi leadership that the government of Pakistan will fully participate and contribute to the implementation of the UNSC resolution.”

A senior government official said the UNSC resolution provides Islamabad an opportunity to contribute to action against Yemeni rebels “We are looking at how many ships can be spared,” he said, adding that two Pakistan Navy vessels were already in the region conducting anti-piracy operations as part of the Combined Task Force 151.

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