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The UAE has strongly criticised a Pakistani decision to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its military coalition against Houthi rebels.

The Foreign Office on Saturday preferred not to comment on UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash's statement who reportedly warned Pakistan of paying "a heavy price" for taking on what he called an "ambiguous stand" on Yemen issue. "We don't have confirmation of what exactly has been said and by whom. There are different versions. I have no comments at the moment," said Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam through a text message to Business Recorder.
The joint session of the Parliament on Friday unanimously passed a resolution, urging the government to maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict, so as to be in a better position to play a proactive diplomatic role in ending the crisis. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar moved a 12-point resolution in the joint house of the passage. The house unanimously adopted it.
The Red Cross and UN flew medical aid into Yemen's capital Friday after southern city Aden was battered by the heaviest night yet of Saudi-led air strikes targeting Shia rebels. The United Nations also called for a daily "humanitarian pause" of a few hours, saying aid was desperately needed in the conflict-ravaged country.
The Iranian foreign minister on Thursday met Pakistan's prime minister and powerful army chief as part of efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Yemen. Mohammed Javad Zarif met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the end of a two-day visit focused on the Yemen crisis, as Washington warned Tehran against supporting the Huthi rebels.
The Foreign Office stated that Pakistan and Iran have agreed on the need to de-escalate the tense situation in Yemen by encouraging the parties involved in the conflict to initiate dialogue and resolve all their differences through political consultations.
Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement. The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr support vessel sailed from Bandar Abbas on a mission to protect Iranian shipping from piracy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in comments cited by Press TV.
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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyApril 16, 2015
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