ISLAMABAD - With opposition warning against the perils of joining Saudis-led war in Yemen, treasury benches in National Assembly vowed that Pakistan would defend the territorial integrity of the land of the two Holy Mosques against any aggression. Leaving the entire agenda unaddressed, the 20th session of the lower house indulged in a debate not relating to the country or its people but about stepping into a war zone in Middle East.

And the lawmakers who usually give no heed to debate in the house, on Friday listened carefully to the discussion in order to know whether the nuclear Pakistan will remain neutral in Yemen's crisis or will fight for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

But Defense Minister Khwaja Asif demonstrated his political wit in a way that neither confirmed Pakistan's decision to fight Houthis in Yemen for the royals of Saudi Arabia nor denied it. "We are not going to join Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen but we will defend the territorial integrity of brotherly Saudi Arabia," the minister told the house.

And Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khurshid Shah who had not yet heard the government's stance on Yemen crisis warned of lethal consequences for Pakistan in case the PML-N government engaged troops in war of others.

"The move would haunt us sooner or later. We have fought others wars in the past and still we are paying for it. We should not indulge in proxy battles of Arabs. Pakistan is already over occupied with internal challenges. Better we mend our way," Shah thundered.

Less than a week after Pakistan demonstrated its military prowess on 23rd March, the treasury benches hit the desks as a gesture of approval when Defense Minister vowed that Pakistan will defend the land of two the Holy Mosques as a religious obligation.

Such was the approval of defending Saudi Arabia against any aggression that lawmakers of other opposition parties in the house did not utter any objection regarding Pakistan's decision to join Saudi Arabia-led gulf alliance against rebel Houthis in Yemen.

Khurshid Shah's assertion that Pakistan itself faced challenge of terrorism and other burning issues that need to be settled first was diluted when Finance Minister Ishaq Dar took the floor saying Pakistan was economically among the list of stable countries indirectly hinting that the country can export peace to war-torn middle east.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai, who usually is skeptical about the role of Saudi Arabia in patronizing religious extremism in Pakistan, kept mum on the occasion and carefully listened to what the treasury benches said in favour of Saudis protection against any aggression.

But Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), currently passing through its hard times in wake of the operation in Karachi, preferred to talk its issues than shedding light on what is happening in far flung Middle East.

Despite thin presence in the house with quorum visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, MQM created a noise in the house by lambasting PTI chief Imran Khan for spewing venom against their party head Altaf Hussain.

Friday's session of the lower house was important in a sense as it had to give its policy statement on Pakistan's role in Yemen triggering foreign journalists to rush to the parliament house in an effort to contribute something breaking from Pakistan that will be playing decisive role in Arab world.

Soon after the house was adjourned, reporters chased Defense Minister asking flurry of queries about what exactly would Pakistan play its role in Yemen, but the minister shared nothing except giving them a smile.

What he had told the lower house was that the government would take the parliament in confidence before embarking officially on its adventure in Yemen as opposition demanded that the major decision should not be taken indoor without consulting the parliament.