In this photograph received from the Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) on April 9, 2015, Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif (R) talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting in Rawalpindi. AFP PHOTO/ISPR
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Pakistan's powerful military chief Thursday, as the Pakistan government wrestled with a dilemma over how to respond to a request from Saudi Arabia for Pakistani troops to fight in Yemen.Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has publicly remained silent on the request.Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are rivals for power in the volatile Middle East and many in Sunni-majority Pakistan fear being caught between them if Pakistani troops are sent to Yemen.Although the causes of the Yemen conflict are complex, analysts fear it could spark a bloody sectarian battle between proxies of Iran and Saudi Arabia that could inflame the Middle East.
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