Saudi-Pak counterterrorism drill concludes in Islamabad

Saudi-Pak counterterrorism drill concludes in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD — A three-week-long Saudi-Pakistani Joint Military Drill (Al-Shihab) concluded here Friday within framework of military cooperation between the two countries.

The drill 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 acts and their hideouts.

In a press statement at the conclusion of the military drill, Chief of Pakistan Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif reiterated that any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.

He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy strong and brotherly relations which have a long history of deep rooted cooperation.

“This drill signifies the joint effort of our two countries against terrorism and we will defeat this menace in all its forms and manifestations,” he said.

Kadhi Khalilallah, spokesman of Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also stressed depth of the relations binding Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in all fields, particularly security and defense.

In reply to a question during his weekly press briefing, Khalilalla said the Al-Shihab exercises came within the security and defense cooperation between the two countries aiming to enhance the readiness of troops in the two countries in combating terrorism. — SPA

9 COMMENTS

  1. Maa Shaa Allah, Both countries brotherly relationship is endless which is based on Islamic Brotherhood and sincerity. We expat Pakistani consider KSA as our second home. May Almighty Allah save both countries from enemies of Islam. ameen

  2. That’s really encouraging news after bit cold relations in near past. I would suggest that Pakistan should start military exercise with UAE and other Gulf States to strengthen their military skill. Saudi Arabia always have brotherly relations with Pakistan and surely it will defend the kingdom if any threat comes.

  3. Nice to see both brotherly countries preparing themselves against terrorism. We being Muslim need to be untied against any conspiracy against Muslims,
    Hoping to continue hand in hand….

  4. “Any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.” No one would dare to attack Saudi Arabia…. Saudi Arabia is Land of Allah and Prophet and attacking it is attacking every Muslim.

  5. It is good to hear that a Joint, three week Military exercise, codenamed Al-Shihab, was held in which special forces of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia participated. The exercise focused on counter terrorism training of the special operations forces in dealing with various aspects of counter-terrorism operations, and included cordon and search operations, airdropping and heli lifting of special forces for operations against terrorist acts and their hideouts.

    I am sure the Saudi contingent participating in the exercise would have greatly benefited from the experience of Pakistan military which has extensive and intensive experience in this field and has developed particular drills to deal with various aspects of the counter terrorism operations. And I am sure the Saudis which participated in the programme will impart the useful knowledge gained through this exercise to their colleagues.

    With terrorism rearing its ugly head in various countries, and Saudi Arabia also having suffered some tragic incidents, it is very important for Saudi Arabia to be fully prepared to handle such emergencies and to nip the evil in the bud before the terrorists get a chance to establish their presence in Saudi Arabia.

    I hope the cooperation between two brotherly countries, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, will not remain limited to occasional joint exercises and will be strengthened further. In fact, the statement by Chief of Staff of Pakistan Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif that ‘any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia would evoke a strong response from Pakistan’ points to this aspect and to the widespread respect and affections that exists in Pakistan for the citizens of the state which houses two of the holiest Muslim shrines, Khana-e-Kaaba and Masjid-e-Nabvi, apart from numerous other holy places.

    As Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Monarchs hold a special place in the Muslim world while Pakistan, with a large disciplined and well-trained military and the only Muslim country with a nuclear arsenal also is in a position to play a very important role in the Muslim world. I am sure the Saudi and Pakistani leadership will take this military cooperation to new heights and use their combined influence and power to try to solve the various problems facing the Muslim world instead of seeking help from US and its allies who have their own axes to grind and whose involvement in the region has done more harm than good.

    I hope the bonds between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will strengthen further with each passing day.

    Karachi

  6. I would like to see strong and steady Saudi Arabia in financial and military field. Saudi Araiba should develop strong relation with all Muslim countries and establish close relation with their military. A joint force should be prepared among all the Muslims nations which will be used for helping any member country in case of attack on it. I suggest a joint force be prepared to help Palestinian brothers who are being tortured and driven out of their homes by Terrorist Israel. Number one enemy of Islam now is Israel.

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