Pakistan included in Saudi Arabia's 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism

Published: December 15, 2015
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on December 15, 2015, shows Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman holding a press conference on December 14, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on December 15, 2015, shows Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman holding a press conference on December 14, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on December 15, 2015, shows Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman holding a press conference on December 14, 2015. PHOTO: AFP A Saudi soldier stands guard in Jizan on the border with Yemen in this November 3, 2014 file photo. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA.

“The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said.

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A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned.

The announcement cited “a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organizations whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on earth and aim to terrorise the innocent.”

Shia Muslim Iran, Sunni Saudi Arabia’s arch rival for influence in the Arab world, was absent from the states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional powers rage from Syria to Yemen.

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The United States has been increasingly outspoken about its view that Gulf Arab states should do more to aid the military campaign against the Islamic State militant group based in Iraq and Syria.

In a rare press conference, 30-year-old crown prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman told reporters on Tuesday that the campaign would “coordinate” efforts to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan, but offered few concrete indications of how military efforts might proceed.

“There will be international coordination with major powers and international organisations … in terms of operations in Syria and Iraq. We can’t undertake these operations without coordinating with legitimacy in this place and the international community,” bin Salman said without elaborating.

Asked if the new alliance would focus just on Islamic State, bin Salman said it would confront not only that group but “any terrorist organisation that appears in front of us.”

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Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab neighbours have been locked in nine months of warfare with Iran-allied rebels in neighbouring Yemen, launching hundreds of air strikes there.

Especially after a rash of attacks on Western targets claimed by Islamic State in recent months, the United States has increasingly said it thinks that firepower would better be used against IS.

As a ceasefire is set to take hold in Yemen on Tuesday alongside United Nations-backed peace talks, Riyadh’s announcement may signal a desire to shift its attention back towards the conflicts north of its borders.

Islamic State has pledged to overthrow the monarchies of the Gulf and have mounted a series of attacks on Shia Muslim mosques and security forces in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

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  • SuperNeo
    Dec 15, 2015 - 9:44AM

    if the PRICE is right, you can add Pakistan in any ALLIANCE.Recommend

  • bajwa
    Dec 15, 2015 - 11:00AM

    Half the job would already be done if Saudi Arabia stop providing funds to fundamentalists and radicals around the worldRecommend

  • Ahad
    Dec 15, 2015 - 11:42AM

    Saudi Arabia can curb terrorism easily by not financing it.Recommend

  • Nauman Ghauri
    Dec 15, 2015 - 11:44AM

    Good Move!Recommend

  • Irony Man
    Dec 15, 2015 - 11:51AM

    ET please publish.

    This is literally the funniest thing I have ever read in my life. I was crying laughing. Rolling on the floor.Recommend

  • John Ellis
    Dec 15, 2015 - 12:35PM

    Wheras as every other nation ‘fights terrorism’ in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan out of love for their people and nothing whatsoever to do with the rich resources contained within.Recommend

  • Rocky
    Dec 15, 2015 - 12:52PM

    About time we Muslims stop fighting each other and come together to end this divide and rule approach adopted by the west.Recommend

  • Aziz
    Dec 15, 2015 - 1:28PM

    Pakistan can only join if its Parliament approves such a move. Pakistan is not a rich and whimsical dynastic monarchy or emirate. Its Parliament decides its course of actions.Recommend

  • Moavviz Suhail
    Dec 15, 2015 - 2:09PM

    @Irony Man: You must be “Iran Man” instead of “Irony Man”Recommend

  • PakPower
    Dec 15, 2015 - 2:56PM

    Pakistan Army is Best Military force in the world, We should export our services with equipment which will bring benefits to nation but peace to whole world….Recommend

  • Saad
    Dec 15, 2015 - 3:16PM

    **Here is a great chance for Pakistan to become an Arabic nation !!!**Recommend

  • Arshad
    Dec 15, 2015 - 3:25PM

    A United Nations of Muslims Countries (UNMC) is need of the hour. The way anti-Muslims countries have joined together and executing a campaign against the Muslims in the name of War on Terror cannot be controverted without combined effort. A UN type organisation is legitimate and hopefully will be acceptable to all. Problems that the Ummah faces cannot be solved without concerted effort. These will have to brought as resolution in this forum and discussed thread bare and openly. The verdict of the UNMC should be binding on all & present united front against conspiracies being hatched by western nations.Recommend

  • Sonya
    Dec 15, 2015 - 4:07PM

    Pakistan has been burning in terrorism in the past thirty years, no one cared about her, now it is threatening some kingdoms, an alliance all of a sudden. Pakistan needs to come clean out of it.Recommend

  • LS
    Dec 15, 2015 - 4:07PM

    One more useless alliance like OIC… Never done anything useful… None of them have done much.. most of them promote and fund terrorismRecommend

  • Farru
    Dec 15, 2015 - 4:11PM

    If Saudi Arabia is serious to fight Al-Qaeda and IS, it should stop funding groups that are linked with these organisations.

    Who doesn’t know the Saudi/Kuwait/Qatar direct funding to Al-Qaeda related groups in IS occupied areas?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 15, 2015 - 5:46PM

    First of all every Islamic country must root out terrorism from their own soil by media campaign, making laws, use of force and drying up their resources. Without cleaning up mess from their own soil, no alliance would work. Recommend

  • Ravi
    Dec 15, 2015 - 5:50PM

    The west is not doing anything, it is the muslim world that is at strife. In all muslim countries, while you have minorities, you kill them, when you run out of minorities, you look for new minorities like ahmedi, hazra, shia etc. Get your thinking straight first!Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 15, 2015 - 5:56PM

    Oh boy, what a day. First Saudis leading the UN human rights commission and now this. No wonder there is no end in sight for terrorism and human rights abuses.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 15, 2015 - 6:40PM

    With oil nosediving, Saudis have little leverage to act as a major player. They would be needing financial aid from their strategic partner, i.e., ISIL, which may haver more resources at its disposal.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Dec 15, 2015 - 6:49PM

    First step towards Ummah.

    Fighting is part of Islam. West has nothing to do with it.

    Anti-Muslims things can be get rid of easily but Muslims should give up electricity, internet, technology etc.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 15, 2015 - 7:06PM

    if price is right u can get army of the Vatican in the alliance. its all about price that arabs paid to US/UK/France to fight their war and west did fight for arabs for decadesRecommend

  • Dec 15, 2015 - 7:12PM

    They made coalitions without asking others. Goofs! Recommend

  • Aisha
    Dec 15, 2015 - 7:16PM

    This force will fight Muslims. In 1970 Pakistan was blamed for Black September when Zia ul Haq was in charge but under command of Jordanian generals in Amman. Now this force that KSA proposes will be controlled from Riyadh and under control of Saudi generals. Amman then and Riyahdh now we know who they are- under control of the US of A. So this force of Pakistani troop contribution then and now will fight US war on terror? What next? Clamping down in Bahrain, KSA,etc to entering Syria? Arab and International Media will highlight Pakistan’s role when they are under command of Saudi-US forces and we will earn the curse of the Arabs? Who knows US CENTCOM will call the shots for this force? Pakistan should back out all costs before its too late.I urge General Raheel and Rizwan Akhtar to ask Parliament to debate and deliver as we should learn from 1970 when we went to Jordan and 1000’s were killed and the curse of the Arab arm street ralied “may your right arm be cut off” leading to 1971 happening? Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Dec 15, 2015 - 7:53PM

    I hope Pakistan military will play a useful role as part of the 34-nation Muslim army, a role befitting its status as a country will a large, well-trained and battle-hardened military which also happens to be the only one among Muslims having a nuclear arsenal.

    And this will also give the Pakistan military an international exposure in actual battle conditions which is much more than the present overseas experience that it has as a part of the United Nations peacekeeping force in various countries which has mostly proved to be a relatively safe assignment apart from Somalia of course where Pakistan military suffered the loss of 25 soldiers killed, 10 reported missing and 54 wounded.

    Such an exposure could also make our top commanders appreciate that operations against militants in tribal regions and elsewhere in Pakistan against those who are no match for the well-trained forces are not the beginning and end of military combat.

    Pakistan also has to make sure that it becomes, and remains part of the Muslim force and not a purely Sunni army available to set scores in the proxy Shia-Sunni war being fought all over the Middle East and beyond.

    Perhaps by ensuring the territorial integrity of small Sunni states, such an army could also help remove fears they have, whether real or imagined, of the powerful Shia army in the neighbourhood. And this confidence could definitely help them in being more welcoming towards Shia Iran and, over time, help in removing the needless Shia-Sunni rivalry which has done the Ummah colossal damage.

    Perhaps as the strongest state among the 34-nation force, Pakistan could play a much-needed role in bringing Shias and Sunnis together as part of one expanding Muslim army embracing them all. Such a force would have the capability to finish off clowns like Daesh, or better still, prevent development of an enabling environment which creates and strengthens such elements.

    I sincerely hope that the move results in the formation of a worthwhile body, unlike OIC which has far more than 34 members but has little significance or even relevance.


  • Curious2
    Dec 15, 2015 - 8:35PM

    How many of those nations are fighting ISIS in either Iraq or Syria? Certainly not Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Prada
    Dec 15, 2015 - 8:56PM

    Has the word “terrorism” been redefined?
    The list includes nations that can turn off terrorism like a tap if they want to. But they use it as a strategic asset.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Dec 15, 2015 - 9:20PM

    What will be the fat of such alliance without any written motto and charter the time will tell.

    Without rooting out terrorism from whole world and providing equal opportunities to all you cannot erdicate this evil.

    World will have to think in uniform manner for people of whole world.Recommend

  • Pervaiz
    Dec 15, 2015 - 9:42PM

    It depends who is with home and against whom is purely a sectarian alliance Recommend

  • Munir
    Dec 15, 2015 - 9:53PM

    This looks like another OIC…. Oh I See that is.Recommend

  • Xnain
    Dec 15, 2015 - 10:00PM

    There is a body supreme than parliament called GHQ Rawalpindi and Saudis wouldn’t have taken any such step without the nod from the supreme authority i.e. GHQRecommend

  • MSH
    Dec 15, 2015 - 10:44PM

    Will this force fight against the TTP in Afghanistan and the the sectarian elements who has leashed terror in Pakistan.?Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 15, 2015 - 11:12PM

    The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said.

    It is good to watch Saudi Arabia taking the lead to fight the devil, which until now was carried out symbolicaly by those who went for Haj pilgrimage, because Terrorism is nothing more than the figment of imagination of the humans.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Mr. Caution
    Dec 15, 2015 - 11:37PM

    Ulterior motives. Handle with caution. Ummah and state are two separate entities. State boundaries are both de-facto and de-jure. Ummah is illusionary mental construct to use others for empirical designs.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 16, 2015 - 12:09AM


    We should export our services with equipment which will bring benefits to nation but peace to whole world….

    We couldn’t do it at home how are we going to do it overseas? Unless if by bringing peace you mean genocide of own people.Recommend

  • Abbas mirza
    Dec 16, 2015 - 12:10AM

    zero +0+0+0 ….. 34(times) +0 = Big zero. Power lust kigdoms, some failed states spine less leadership grouping to sustain their common interest to continue in power for next generations. Recommend

  • Zaffar
    Dec 16, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Irony, two largest contributor of global terrorism are member of coalition to fight against it. Well some start at least.Recommend

  • Naseem shah
    Dec 16, 2015 - 12:24AM

    No matter what Pakistan do . In the eyes of Arab pakistani r like a third grade Muslim . Never ben treated as an Arab Muslim . Fighting against the terrorist all world should b together against these bunch of criminal n killers . No matter who they r where they r they should b hunt down. Recommend

  • amir
    Dec 16, 2015 - 12:58AM

    we can sell them equipments and our jf17 thats how we can and should participate.Recommend

  • Babur Chughtai
    Dec 16, 2015 - 1:25AM

    No alliance in the Middle East is possible without Pakistan. We stand by our Muslim brethren. Good step.Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Dec 16, 2015 - 1:49AM

    There you go again. Now Pakistani civil and military elites will get another goose that lays golden eggs to fill their pockets by offering mercenary services. Just in time to replace the American golden goose.Recommend

  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Dec 16, 2015 - 2:27AM

    If this actually happens the RIP Pakistan. Recommend

  • Saudi Arab
    Dec 16, 2015 - 2:40AM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi, Cooking, dry cleaning, carrying load on your head, that is what you will be doing.Recommend

  • Asok
    Dec 16, 2015 - 2:47AM


  • globalobserver
    Dec 16, 2015 - 3:29AM


    “Pakistan can only join if its Parliament approves such a move. Pakistan is not a rich and whimsical dynastic monarchy or emirate. Its Parliament decides its course of actions.

    I assume you are being sarcastic? If not, what you just said is the joke of the year- Pakistan’s parliament “approving” any military involvement unless you mean GHQ is the parliament.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Dec 16, 2015 - 3:40AM

    Excellent move Pakistan Army can play wonderful roll, Pakistan Army is only army who are much experience and capable to fight any section in this world
    My the best wishes for this cohilationRecommend

  • echoboom
    Dec 16, 2015 - 3:50AM

    Trump and Bush are found everywhere, under all labels.Recommend

  • Nav
    Dec 16, 2015 - 6:48AM

    Saudi Arabia has become leader of Ummah.. Now it is one the big military power and leading from front. Saudi Arabia has become Biggest importer of defence products in the world.Recommend

  • Observer
    Dec 16, 2015 - 7:19AM

    We become guns for hire, the mercenaries. You are ignorant, short sighted, and blind to the fact, we are neck deep in tackling extremism at home.Recommend

  • Observer
    Dec 16, 2015 - 7:44AM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi:
    Your naivete is unbelievable. You think this hullabaloo is meaningful. It’s not more than a farce political message to rivals, who mean real business.
    Pakistan should stay focus and stead fast on self building path. We don’t have to keep an eye on any foreign favors, we are already blessed with all the resources.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 16, 2015 - 8:05AM

    How and why would they keep Iran and Iraq out this alliance sounds insidious in nature in itself. Saudis trying to gang up against Iran is a Western sanctioned initiative and a brain child.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 16, 2015 - 8:25AM

    How and Why they would keep Iran and Iraq out of this alliance sounds insidious in nature. Although being a Western initiative and a brain child its just now taking shape and just to gang up on Iran. Just another way to pit one against another. Sad development to say the least.Recommend

  • Dec 16, 2015 - 8:53AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: This alliance is a non-starter. It is a warning to RUSSIA to leave the Middle East. The absence of Iran is as dark as a moonless nite.
    Why is America so interested in getting Hafiz al-Bashar out of Syria? What is the harm if Russia fights for its ally?
    Pakistan has bigger problems on the East and West and there will be no shortage of terrorism. Let the Arabs sort out their problems through the Gulf Co-operation Council.

  • Abdul Ghafar
    Dec 16, 2015 - 12:29PM

    yes it is good move but why Iran is not in alliance ?Recommend

  • Alien1
    Dec 16, 2015 - 7:58PM

    it is as useless as the OIC, all show and pomp.Recommend

  • Sam
    Dec 16, 2015 - 8:04PM

    Eventually the equation will be :

    Coalition, ISIS v/s Iran, Iraq, Israel, IndiaRecommend

  • Zain
    Dec 16, 2015 - 10:15PM

    Saudi Arabia is afraid of Daesh? So this means Saudi Arab is against Daesh? Iran is against Daesh we all know. Why doesn’t then Saudi include Iran in this collation? Obviously the aim of Saudi Arabia is not fight against Daesh. Then what ? see below:

    There is a secret elite force across the globe who is in charge of key matters. They control finance by banking, they control power, they control film industry, they control press and media. That secret elite force is called Illuminati. Many people say this is a conspiracy but obviously no one wants to get benefits by telling conspiracies. However those who are afraid of these conspiracies as they know these are not conspiracies, rather than a bitter truth, would always term them conspiracies because they do benefit from it. This secret force which has a shadow government across the globe wants a one world Government, One World Army, one world religion and Israel as the ruling state in the world. What is happening in Middle east today is their plan for Greater Israel. Illuminati want Syria to fall like Egypt. Luckily Russia has taken stand on it and now Illuminati or Zionists are trying different ways. They used Rebels which did not work in Syria. They then created Daesh which too failed as Russia struck against them. Then the started black mailing Russia by shooting down their planes etc. It did not work too. Then False Flag sponsored attacks were organized by them in Paris and luckily the found some people from within their own created ISIS or Daesh group who claimed responsibility for these attacks. This was all staged to get permission to carryout strikes inside Syria. While Daesh exists in Libya too, one will always be surprised to see these countries NATO countries with whom Saudi and Turkey have alliance, will never attack Daesh in Libya.
    .. in the end there are two questions:
    1. What makes Daesh, Rebels, Kurdish Fighters, Turkey, Saudi Alliance, NATO and Israel fight against Bashar ul Assad of Syria? Is this the Russian Naval bases who are stopping Zionists for carrying their global plans?
    2. One wonders why would Daesh spare Saudi Arab, UAE, and Qatar where biggest American bases are present, and will move directly to Syria against Bashar ul Assad while leaving Jordan on its way ?
    Glory to Islam and Glory to Russian Empire.Recommend

  • Sadiq
    Dec 17, 2015 - 5:06AM

    Now I’m rollin with laughter! Thanks! Khwabon Ki Taabeer!Recommend

  • Sadiq
    Dec 17, 2015 - 5:21AM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi:
    And why would Pakistan Army get involved in a fight that has no direct bearing on Pakistan. The Army has enough on its hands and I am sure is not a ‘sucker’ to Saudi monetary favors. Why should our boys fight get killed in a war that has nothing to do with them. Recommend

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