Is Saudia Lulling Pakistan into their Wars? Saudi Defence Official met Gen Raheel

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Friday, 01 January 2016 17:41

ISLAMABAD: A Saudi defence official called upon Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on Thursday at General Headquarters (GHQ) to discussing regional security and bilateral defence cooperation.

Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayish, Assistant Defence Minister for Military Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is here in Pakistan to meet Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

The two met and discussed matters related to regional security and bilateral defence collaboration including training exchanges came under discussion, ISPR said in a statement..

Though ISPR did not clarify which regional security aspect came under discussion, the two countries have been closely coordinating on terrorism.

Pakistan had earlier in December joined the 34-nation counter-terrorism coalition announced by Saudi Arabia, but had said that the decision on the extent of its participation would be taken after receiving details about it from Riyadh.

Speculations are underway related to the Saudi officials meeting, as Pakistan had earlier refuted to take part in their wars. Some suggest that a strategy was discussed formulating the current coalition against Terrorism.

Though the opposition and even government allies have objected to the decision as it was never tabled in the Houses. Lawmakers earlier went against the governments decision to participate, as any aly to Saudis, in the Yemen War.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia was upset with the stance taken by Pakistan in the Yemen war, and few of their members had retaliated in statements.

The only threat in the region, considered as terrorism remains in the form of self styled Islamic State (Daesh) challenging the writ of every government that it invades. Their sole motive seems destablization of the balance in the region. They have, so far, infiltrated not only regions within a country as Syria, Iraq and some parts of Afghanistan; but as well the hearts of some fundamental muslims across the world, influencing them to join their so-called Jihad. Substantial evidence remains that Saudi Arab, Qatar and a few Arab Countries are supporting IS, as their ideologies match.

In Yemen, Saudis support Al-Qaeda for fighting Yemen Freedom Fighters. In Syria, they support IS for their struggle against Bashar's Regime. In Iraq they have vested interest in IS for their fight against Iran's Revolutionary Guards. It is no secret that their ideologies clash with Shia Islam and in Bahrain atrocities are regularly reported committed by the Government in curbing revolts. Their defence minister has outrightly declared Iran as an enemy and pledged support to Israel in case of a war in the region.

Critics wonder, who would Saudi claim as a terrorist while heading this 34 countries coalition. Who would the common enemy be? Would it benefit the world or one particular Kingdom?

Nonetheless, Saudi Arabia is expected to convene a meeting of the coalition partners, which now Pakistan is a part of, in January 2016.

Military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa, however, has not released any particulars regarding the current meeting and said that the discussions instead focused on bilateral cooperation.

Islamabad and Riyadh added another dimension to defence cooperation in October when Pakistan trained Saudi Special Forces in counter-terrorism. Gen Sharif had in November travelled to Saudi Arabia for talks with Saudi King Salman on counter-terrorism cooperation.

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