Pakistan: Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan to increase its role in the Islamic Military Counter-Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), it was reported by some media on Wednesday.
A delegation from the counter-terror coalition arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a two-day visit. It was led by General (retired) Raheel Sharif, the former Pakistan Army commander who now heads the IMCTC.
Sharif, who was Pakistan Army chief from 2013 to 2016, met with the current chief of Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday, before meeting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday. While the official purpose was to lay the groundwork for a visit to Islamabad later this week by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, General Sharif and his delegation explained Pakistan’s increased military role in the counter-terror body, senior military officials said.
“Pakistan has already deployed troops in Saudi Arabia for the territorial protection of the kingdom. But now Pakistan has been asked to increase its military involvement in the IMCTC,” a senior military official was quoted by Asia Times.
“[The] Pakistan Army is already training troops from Saudi Arabia and its allies. Now that there is a broader coalition in place, more Pakistani personnel are needed for training purposes.”