Islamabad has denied being a part of the 34-nation Islamic military alliance against terrorism announced by the Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman.
The Saudi Arabian news agency has mentioned Pakistan together with Malaysia, UAE and Qatar being in the Saudi-led alliance which will establish a control center in Riyadh to coordinate operations against terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan among others.
A senior official of Pakistan’s Foreign Office quoted by Express Tribune said they were gathering details about the newly formed alliance. “We came to know about it (the alliance) through news reports. We have asked our ambassador in Saudi Arabia to get details on it,” he said,
Pakistan seems to have been caught off guard by the Saudi announcement as a senior government functionary told The Express Tribune that he could not confirm whether Pakistan had joined the Saudi alliance.“We have been cooperating with Saudi Arabia on counter-terrorism efforts but I am not sure we are going to be part of any military alliance.”
Pakistan had never joined any military alliance without UN backing; the official said adding that was the reason why it did not join the Yemeni conflict on the side of Saudi Arabia.
The senior official threw another surprise stating that Pakistan would not send its troops on foreign soil even if Islamabad become part of this new coalition.
Saudi Arabia today announced a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism with a joint operations center based in Riyadh. According to an official statement published by the Saudi news agency,"the countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism
The Yemeni rebel army with a backing from Houthi Ansarullah movement have hit a sixth Saudi warship by a missile since October 7 this year. According to PressTv which quoted a Yemeni Arabic al-Masirah news website, the Yemeni rebel army hit a Saudi military vessel by a missile off Mukha coast in Taizz early on Saturday
Pakistan Navy has deployed a special marine battalion for increased all-round surveillance at Gwadar Port ahead of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. “A special Marine Battalion has been raised for security of Gwadar, Chinese engineers and delegates visiting the port,” Radio Pakistan was quoted as reporting by Dawn news daily Tuesday
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