Pakistan will stand by Saudi Arabia if territorial integrity threatened: PM Nawaz

Published: January 10, 2016
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Saudi defence minister calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif PM House Islamabad on January 10, 2016. PHOTO: PID

Saudi defence minister calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif PM House Islamabad on January 10, 2016. PHOTO: PID

Saudi defence minister calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif PM House Islamabad on January 10, 2016. PHOTO: PID Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and Defence Minister, Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with Defence Minister Khawaja Asif after his arrival at the Benazir International Airport in Islamabad on January 10, 2016. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan would stand by Saudi Arabia if any threat arises to its territorial integrity.

According to Radio Pakistan, in his meeting with Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and defence minister, Mohammed bin Salman, the prime minister exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional situation.

The defence minister arrived in Islamabad on Sunday to discuss Pakistan’s cooperation in the 34-nation anti-terror coalition of Islamic countries the KSA has recently formed.

His visit came just four days after the kingdom’s Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir travelled to Islamabad and held wide ranging talks with Pakistan’s civil and military leaders, including the prime minister and army chief.

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Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif reasserted on Sunday that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would be answered by a strong response, the ISPR said.

“Pakistan holds its defence ties with the kingdom in highest esteem, re-asserting that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan,” General Raheel said.

The Saudi deputy crown prince called on the army chief at the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army in Rawalpindi and discussed matters related to regional security and defence cooperation during the meeting.

PHOTO: ISPR

According to a statement issued by the military’s media wing, the army chief said, “Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attaches great importance to their security.”

The Saudi defence minister lauded the successes of the Pakistan Armed Forces in fight against terrorism and efforts for regional stability besides ensuring the kingdom’s full support to Pakistan’s position on all matters.

Earlier, a government official told The Express Tribune that the Saudi defence minister is coming to discuss the ‘finer details’ of the coalition.

“We welcome the Saudi initiative in line with our policy to support all regional and international efforts to counter terrorism and extremism,” the official added.

Pakistan welcomes Saudi ‘anti-terror’ coalition

The official made it clear Pakistan will not become part of any action that will be against any specific country.

“We support a political solution to the Syrian problem without interference from the outside,” the official maintained.

Asked whether Pakistan would spare troops for the coalition, the official said details were being worked out. However, Pakistan’s role would remain restricted to intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism training and other activities in the coalition, the official said.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • lkhan
    Jan 10, 2016 - 12:39PM

    Pakistan should learn its lessons from its recent history in Afghan affairs and stay well away from a Saudi coalition of any sort!! KSA is bad news for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Jan 10, 2016 - 2:57PM

    I hope this youngster brings a big check from daddy to pay for the damage KSA has inflicted on Pakistani society by funding the brainwashing (and more) of Pakistani youngsters with their extremist views. For sure Pakistan will be clever enough this time not to engage Pakistani troops in fighting their sectarian wars.Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:31PM

    back to back visits determine that “Show me the money honey” policy isn’t working anymore for Saudi Arabia. Recommend

  • Curious
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:59PM

    Stay away from both devils. Saudi and Iran. Recommend

  • Salman Hussain
    Jan 10, 2016 - 4:13PM

    We warmly welcome you….Recommend

  • Khan
    Jan 10, 2016 - 4:15PM

    We should only support them in exchange for command of the coalition force!!Recommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Jan 10, 2016 - 5:18PM

    Condemn state terrorism … stay away from it. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jan 10, 2016 - 5:19PM

    he is the hawk in saudi administration. apparently something wasnt done well by the foreign minister which caused future king to pay a visitRecommend

  • SSM
    Jan 10, 2016 - 6:13PM

    He here for fighting terrorism or Iran?Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jan 10, 2016 - 6:20PM

    Pakistan cannot get out of this alliance, due to his current position.Recommend

  • Mian
    Jan 10, 2016 - 7:03PM

    We are with our own self this time and won’t stick out our necks for anyone. Solve your own problems and if you’r unable to do so then try not to get into any trouble. Thank you for your visit.Recommend

  • ghazal
    Jan 10, 2016 - 7:22PM

    all policies whether support one side, other side or be neutral, all will have some or other kind or reverses for Pakistan. who ever fights whom ever , Pakistan is affected partyRecommend

  • Usman
    Jan 10, 2016 - 8:21PM

    In return for what? Oil concessions? More rights for Pakistani workers? Or just protection of Nawaz’s assets in KSA?Recommend

  • Pakhtun
    Jan 10, 2016 - 8:34PM

    Nawaz is a Saudi slave Recommend

  • kashif
    Jan 10, 2016 - 8:34PM

    Our own territorial integrity is threatened due to the U.S Af-Pak policy, unfenced Durand line and unsettled line of control. Additionally, the poor state of our social and economic indicators is also threatening with chronic energy shortfall. Under such circumstances, such remarks from our political and military leadership make no sense.Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2016 - 8:40PM

    where was saudi response of help during our times of need with india-pak warRecommend

  • Asad ali
    Jan 10, 2016 - 9:53PM

    Basically,Pakistan gave a lollipop to Saudia Arabia :PRecommend

  • citizen26
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:10PM

    Common we need to have good relations with our neighbor Iran and must releive the tensions rather than escalating. Would be interesting to see statement of PM when Iran’s FM and DM would visit.Recommend

  • [email protected]
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:40PM

    Pakistan shouldn’t take sides or pick a fight with Iran, but it also shouldn’t strengthen Iran in any way. Saudis and the Gulf Arabs are going through a time of extreme paranoia and tension with Iran at the moment, and Pakistan has too much vested on the Arab side to upset its relations with the GCC. Iran is also on the wrong side of Pakistan when it comes to developments in Afghanistan and relations with India. We need to help Iran realize that it needs to desist from undermining Saudi Arabia and its allies, repair its relations with them, and accommodate/mollify their security concerns.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:50PM

    Sounds like a threat to Iran.Recommend

  • raider
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:54PM

    even territorial integrity is violated by drones, black water, foreign militants etc…etc, of this unfortunate sovereign countryRecommend

  • curious2
    Jan 11, 2016 - 1:24AM

    What’s that really mean? Does that mean that a foreign army has to invade Saudi Arabia with “boots on the ground” before Pakistan will come to their aid? I don’t think that’s the purpose of the coalition.Recommend

  • Barrister Sheikh
    Jan 11, 2016 - 2:30AM

    This was to be expected. The entire Sharif family are pets of the Saud Royal Family. The dogs were going to side with their master.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jan 11, 2016 - 2:37AM

    We stand with Saudi Arabia, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif knows all the situation but will not fight against any specific countryRecommend

  • Paaji
    Jan 11, 2016 - 8:23PM

    All muslim Umma including Pakistan is with beloved Harmain Sharrifain and all beloved holly places in SARZAMEEN HIJAAZ. But the rejime/Govt. officals is coming and going…???

    It is in intrest of Pakistan to stay with ever lasting holly HARMAIN SHARRIFAIN, These Saudi official will be out soon be their own people.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jan 11, 2016 - 9:20PM

    OK, What if Saudis attack Iran for some flimsy excuses or for no reason at all like they have done it in Yemen. Are we going to go against our immediate neighbor. The fact is that they can not fight their own created fights and want Pakistanis to become fodder in their conflicts. They have done tremendous damage to the integrity of Pakistan by exporting and supporting their brand of Islam, the Wahabism. Majority of Pakistanis are God fearing people and believe in moderation. The US is also having problems with their export of extremism and it seems time is coming that the corrupt monarchy of Saudi Arabia will be living in London and New York. Pakistan must not get involved in their sectarian conflicts because their is sizable Shia population in Pakistan. The Sahrifs are looking out for their business interests and not Pakistan’s interests. Recommend

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