Threat to Saudi Arabia will evoke strong response, says Pakistan army chief

(From Dawn)

While Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif assured visiting Saudi Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman on Sunday of “strong response” to threats to his country’s territorial integrity, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for resolving its crisis with Iran through diplomacy and offered Pakistan’s good offices in this regard.

Saudi Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman (L) holds yalks with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif

Saudi Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman (L) holds talks with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif

“Pakistan has historically pursued the policy of promoting brotherhood among member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Pakistan has also always expressed its readiness to offer its good offices to brotherly Muslim countries for resolution of their differences,” the prime minister was quoted by his office as having told the Saudi deputy crown prince.

The Saudi prince, whose visit came close on the heels of one by Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir, was reportedly in Islamabad to find out how Pakistan could militarily assist his country.

Although it is publicly unknown what the military has committed to the Saudis, Gen Sharif found it enough to say that the defence relationship with the country was held “in the highest esteem”.

Amid speculations on the matter, a government source was reported as saying that the military had committed deployment of troops in Saudi Arabia.

However, the claim could not be verified and military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa was unavailable for comments because he is out of the country.

Defence Minister Mohammad told Gen Sharif that his country would extend “full support to Pakistan’s position on all matters”. Read More



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