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Should Pakistan play extra-territorial role?

Pakistan's civilian and military authorities are toying with the idea of making its navy available for the plan to blockade sea access to Yemen under the cover of the UN Security Council resolution so that the Houthis and their allies are not able to get weapons from outside.

Though the council has asked none to enforce the blockade and not called upon other nations to support such a move. This will be an entirely new role for the Pakistan military, which has so far played five types of extra-territorial roles.

First, since 1960, it has joined a number of UN peace-keeping missions in various African and Asian countries. Police personnel have also taken part in some such missions. Currently, its troops are officially engaged in UN peace-keeping missions in over 10 countries. Second, it played training and advisory roles in most Gulf states in the 1970s and the 1980s, as well...

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