Any threat to Saudi Arabia will evoke strong response from Pakistan: army chief

General Raheel witnesses culmination of Pak-Saudi Joint Training Exercise Al-Shibab near Jhelum

Web Desk October 30, 2015

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif reiterated on Friday that any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia will evoke a strong response from Pakistan.

“Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy strong and brotherly relations which have a long history of deep rooted cooperation,” the army was quoted as saying in a statement by the military's media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

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General Raheel's comments came during his visit to the National Counter Terrorism Centre, Pabbi near Jhelum, where he witnessed the culmination of “Pak-Saudi Joint Training Exercise Al-Shibab”.

“Al – Shihab  focused on counter terrorism training of the special operation forces of Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which included cordon and search operations, airdropping and heli lifting of special forces for operations against terrorist’s acts and their hideouts,” the press release said.

Further, the army chief lauded the dedication, motivation and professionalism of the troops who participated in the joint military drills. “This exercise signifies the joint effort of our two nations against terrorism and we will defeat this menace in all its forms and manifestation,” he added.

Meanwhile, a six-member high-level delegation of the Saudi military, headed by General Mufleh Bin Saleem Al-Otaibi, commander special forces of Saudi Arabia, was also present on the occasion.

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Earlier, upon his arrival the army chief was received by Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Inspector General Training and Evaluation.


Dil Dil Pakistan | 6 years ago | Reply No my friend we are not against Iran we are between saudi and Iran we always putting water on fire..iran and Saudi Arabia both are our good friends and [email protected]:
Ajay | 6 years ago | Reply In no civilised country with a democratic Government do the Chief of Army give public statements. It is the elected Government's job. Looks like Pakistanis still believe in the medieval style rule by Military power rather than welfare society on democratic and secular principles. Al the time flaunting the Muslim brotherhood card is living in falsehood. Saudis are nobody's brothers far less that of the deprived and suffering Muslims of poor countries.
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