Pakistan has no plans to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Monday stated that Pakistan has no plan to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar after major Gulf States including Saudia, Egypt and UAE cut of all ties with Doha blaming it for sponsoring terrorism.

The country “has no such plans,” the spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, said, following Monday´s surprise severing of ties with Qatar by Islamabad´s key ally, Saudi Arabia, and three other Middle East nations.

“At the moment there is nothing on Qatar issue, (we) will issue a statement if some development takes place,” Zakaria said.

Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.

A Saudi official cited by SPA said the country decided to “sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports”.

The “decisive” measure was due to “gross violations committed by authorities in Qatar over the past years”, the Saudi statement said.

The UAE followed suit in cutting ties, and Egypt´s foreign ministry also accused Doha of supporting “terrorism” as it announced the severing of diplomatic relations.

The statement said all Egyptian ports and airports would be closed to Qatari vessels and planes.

Bahrain´s news agency said the tiny kingdom was cutting ties with Doha over its insistence on “shaking the security and stability of Bahrain and meddling in its affairs”.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting rebels in Yemen´s two-year war meanwhile said it was expelling Qatar over what it said was the country´s support for organisations including Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

Doha has long faced accusations that it is a state sponsor of terror.

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