‘Saudi defence at par with our own’

Published: January 21, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has assured the Saudi ambassador that Pakistan Army holds defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) at a par with the defence of Pakistan.

“The Pakistan Army holds defence of the KSA at par with its own,” General Qamar told Saudi Envoy to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani, who met the army chief at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Friday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Towards the Saudi-led military alliance

The brief statement issued after the meeting by the military’s media wing said, “Issues of bilateral relations including defence and training cooperation remained focus of the discussion.”

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy a longstanding relationship particularly in the field of defence. However, their ties saw an unprecedented hiccup last year when parliament refused to allow Pakistani troops to join the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen against the Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia projects drop in defence spending

After assuming charge as the army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also took his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 21st, 2017.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Sodomite
    Jan 21, 2017 - 9:27AM

    What wishful woolly headed thinking. SA has the capacity and modern weapons that can defend herself better than what Pakistan can provide. We need to stick to our knitting’s instead of giving false hopes to others. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 21, 2017 - 9:41AM

    Yes, we need battalions of Saudi troops to help us patrol and defend the LoC while we turn our full attention to our Western front and agent provocateurs in Balochistan. Will the Saudis rise to the occasion ?Recommend

  • Ehs
    Jan 21, 2017 - 1:02PM

    Seriously why is Pakistan always blindly supporting Saudi Arabia. Pakistan needs to adopt a neutral stance.

    We do not need to get involved in any middle eastern conflict. Recommend

  • rama
    Jan 21, 2017 - 3:24PM

    @Haji Atiya:

    Mercenaries wants its master to fight for them Recommend

  • curious2
    Jan 21, 2017 - 5:08PM

    I am unsure who has best military – am sure that Saudi Arabia has the best technology that money can buy. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jan 21, 2017 - 11:31PM

    This kind of shameless bending over backwards is not befitting of a nuclear-armed country. Strength still doesn’t buy us respect when it comes to Arabs.Recommend

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