Pakistan to increase military cooperation with Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: According to an announcement on Tuesday, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef has decided to increase its activities with Saudi Arabia and will also carry out military exercise to the Saudi troops, will also carry out military hardware and share intelligence.

The decision was taken in a meeting with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the PM House.

During a meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the PM House also attended by army chief General Raheel Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, the decision was taken.

According to an official statement which stated that the contributors conversed matters relating to national and internal security and strictly sentenced the ‘cowardly’ March 7 suicide attack in Shabqadar.

Rendering to sources, the members conversed the prime minister’s and army chief’s two-day visit to Saudi Arabia which started from Wednesday (today).

Throughout the official visit, Pakistani management might propose to increase its collaboration with Saudis to one side from its backing for the 34-nation alliance of Islamic countries flagged together by Saudi Arabia to battle terrorism.

According to sources during their visit, the civil and military management might bid a long-term exercise agenda for Saudi Arabia’s military. Sources said Pakistan and India have decided to hold a summit of both the prime ministers during the Nuclear Security Summit to be held from March 31 to April 1 in the USA.