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RIYADH: Armed forces from around 20 countries including Pakistan and Malaysia are gathering in northern Saudi Arabia Sunday for "the largest, most important military manoeuvres" ever staged in the region, the official news agency SPA reported.

The "Thunder of the North" exercise involving ground, air, and naval forces sends a "clear message" that Riyadh and its allies "stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region", SPA said.

Saudi Arabia is currently leading a military campaign against Houthi rebels in its southern neighbour Yemen.

Related: Pakistan will not send ground troops as part of Saudi-led military alliance: Aziz

Last December, it also formed a new 35-member coalition to fight "terrorism" in Islamic countries. Sunday's announcement also comes as the kingdom, a member of the US-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group, said it has deployed war planes to a Turkish air base in order to “intensify” its operations against IS in Syria.

SPA did not specify when the military exercise will begin or how long it will last.

However, the agency called it the “most important and largest in the region's history” in terms of the number of nations taking part and the weaponry being used.

Twenty countries will be taking take part, SPA said. Among them are Saudi Arabia's five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as Chad, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal and Tunisia, it added.

Also Read: Troops already in Saudi Arabia, says minister

A Saudi source said on Thursday that members of the new "anti-terrorism" coalition will gather in Saudi Arabia next month for its first publicly announced meeting.

Riyadh has said the alliance would share intelligence, combat violent ideology and deploy troops if necessary.

Comments (141) Closed

Aman Feb 14, 2016 11:56pm

The entire Middle east region needs Pakistan otherwise foreign powers have great agenda to destroy the entire middle east by initiate more wars. It has been pre-planed long time ago, therefore, if Muslim countries do not act togetehr then they will be worst off than pre-world ward I era.

Blue Saffron Feb 15, 2016 12:37am

Pakistan must not send ANY troops to Saudi Arabia. It treats Pakistani people and government with disrespect. Pakistanis find this unacceptable.

Azam Feb 15, 2016 12:40am

Good step. Pakistan needs to take a clear side with Saudi Arabia.

Hussain USA Feb 15, 2016 12:44am

Do not take sides Pakistan! Stay out of Middle East quagmire. Develop relations with these countries based on economics and trade. Ensure free flow of human talent and capital to facilitate economic growth. No more military adventurism please.

noshin Feb 15, 2016 12:47am

this was kept hidden by foreign ministry of Pakistan for so long!

Ajay Feb 15, 2016 12:48am

And what exactly are they going to do there?

Hassan Feb 15, 2016 12:50am

Saudis are leading everyone into a fire he'll, Pakistan should stay out of it, just like Saudis stayed out of our war with Taleban

Sonny Afridi Feb 15, 2016 12:55am

I support OIC nations exercising together but can't be seen taking sides in Saudi-Iran childish embroglio. Not in our strategic interests.

SMI Feb 15, 2016 12:57am

Excellent !

uk expat Feb 15, 2016 01:00am

@Blue Saffron Who says ? Its our duty as Muslims to protect the birth place of Islam. Pakistan should do everything possible to help our muslim friends like Saudia Arabia.

News Reader Feb 15, 2016 01:25am

@ Blue Saffron, I second that.

mozef Feb 15, 2016 01:28am

A very dangerous game (being played by Saudi Arabia) for Pakistan. Pakistan needs to be extremely careful choosing sides and specially sending it's troops to fight Saudi proxy wars.

Alien Feb 15, 2016 01:28am

Directly or indirectly Pakistan will support KSA in their War..............

ali Feb 15, 2016 01:45am

@Blue Saffron - totally agree with you

Democratic Kp Feb 15, 2016 01:46am

I condemn this move by PMNL government.

rockies110 Feb 15, 2016 02:01am

Aal-e-Saud and Turkey are trying to start a WWIII. Their deployment of troops on Turkish border is not to fight against Daesh, but they are for Kurds and Syrian Arab Army' who are fighting against Al-Qaeda affiliates and Daesh. This nexus of evil needs to be crushed for stability, prosperity and peace in the region.

Naveen Feb 15, 2016 02:07am

Now what will Iran think?

Nadir Aziz Feb 15, 2016 02:10am

It is hoped that Pakistan will not join Saudi Arabia and Turkey in sending ground troops into Syria as Saudi FM has stated today that Assad will be removed politically or by force. Pakistan must not under any circumstance be involved in the mess.

abdul manan Feb 15, 2016 02:16am

Saudi Arabia is leading Ummah now.

Ayub Feb 15, 2016 02:29am

The confusion is cleared now. Pakistan stands allied with Saudi Arabia.

Najam Feb 15, 2016 02:47am

Not a good foreign policy move, we shouldn't be joining any alliance especially one that puts our security in jeopardy.

Stay away from Middle eastern politics.

Moreover, we should only be concentrating on Zarb e Azb and executing NAP policies.

moeazzi Feb 15, 2016 02:47am

Saudi arabia is not under any attack. Saudi arabia needs to fix its problems at home due to home grown extremists rather than attack sovereignty of other nation dragging the whole middle-east region to fight never ending wars. Pakistan should learn the lessons from the 80's and 90's by following blindly the Saudis that has lead to never ending terrorism.

Sikander Feb 15, 2016 03:22am

RSA to fight against violent ideology. Lol

Mike Feb 15, 2016 03:28am

This is a very wise decision by Pakistani leadership

saz Feb 15, 2016 03:54am

Joining any tyrant coalition means you are agreeing with their policies. PK's Govt is least sincere with humanity and least sincere with ordinary people whether living inside or outside Pakistan. They are solely interested in making money but they are fools and will only dig their grave as well as havoc for Pakistani nation.

Chamatkar Feb 15, 2016 04:01am

Pakistan must try to patch up between KSA & Iran,while the warring factions in Syrian must also sit and talk, to end the crisis,durable solution is only possible through talks not war,while the super powers must show restraints,and avoid taking sides,then only peace could be possible.

Reality Feb 15, 2016 04:07am

where was this alliance when Israel was bombing Gaza for fifty days?. Money can buy alliance but not honor and history. You can hire security guards but you can't buy loyalty.

Lost Lakha Feb 15, 2016 04:58am

Pride Goes Before Fall!

Ghaznavi Feb 15, 2016 05:51am

Let's keep it symbolic

NHA Feb 15, 2016 05:55am

@Blue Saffron . Keep you counsel.

Asad Feb 15, 2016 06:07am

Arabs needed mercenaries and they bought some.

Dr. Farooq Khan Feb 15, 2016 06:28am

I just believe in one thing. That whatever my parliament will decide, it will decide wisely and in favour of Pakistan. My vote is "YES" for this purpose with KSA if Turkey also says "YES" otherwise, "NO".

msadiq Feb 15, 2016 08:18am

The best things starting to happen in the ME after a long time. Encouraging to see SA taking the leadership role here ! Last fifteen years have seen so much injustice done in the ME by the vested interest !

dawn Feb 15, 2016 08:59am

Pakistan understand that KSA is dragging you into their problems. Exercise at home-alone.

maleeha Feb 15, 2016 10:17am

It's better to keep your own house in order first. The policies of Paksitan have a myopia factor ,without any cost and benefit.First it should tackle its own problems inspite of travelling in the two boats simultaneously

Jaan Bhittani Feb 15, 2016 10:20am

Gathering of 20 countries,,, We must be a part of this coalition..

GAK Wazir Feb 15, 2016 10:32am

We are proud of Muslim Uma's unity provided it is not against any Muslim state. All other members of the bloc need Pakistani assistance whenever they are in hot water. A collective non aggressive thinking needs to be developed among the member states in order to evolve a broader alliance beneficial to the rest of the world. Successful are the nations in the world that pursue peace initiatives avoiding aggression and war mongering scenario.

Pragmatist Feb 15, 2016 10:37am

Any commitment vis a vis Saudi led military coalition would lead to complete disaster.

Ali Pakistan Feb 15, 2016 10:44am

This is not about Pakistan, they can also exist without Pakistan. There are 20 nations and not 2. I think that Pakistan should participate in such exercises, it helps Pakistan Army to understand the geography of Arab countries. This is only a Training and not a fight. So don't take it serious. Government of Pakistan is doing a great job and is fully aware of Pro and Contra. Let them do their Jobs. All my prayers to Pak Army!!!

Ali Feb 15, 2016 10:45am

Is saudia preparing for Syria invasion. That will be suicidal for them.

M.M.Sherazi Feb 15, 2016 11:06am

Such coalitions are always suspicious of the covert fact that something has been agreed in the background. Apparently, we shall see the long run consequences of it coalition that shall tantamount to further destruction of the world peace and stability.

giab Feb 15, 2016 11:10am

Yes they need us but see how they support us, they import half a billion dollars worth of stuff from Pakistan and from India $40 billion a year. they give priority to Indians only. They stopped hiring Pakistanis. Virtually no investment in Pakistan.

Patriotic Feb 15, 2016 11:18am

@Reality I second

Baaligh Feb 15, 2016 11:18am

"Saudi Arabia is currently leading a military campaign against Houthi rebels in its southern neighbour Yemen." Just a military compaign? What kind of a compaign it is ? where Saudis and its allies in crime against humanity have not spared even mosques, hospitals, schools, colleges, factories, dairies etc causing massive destruction of infra structure and massacring about 7000 half of which innocent civilians including women and kids. How can this barbarism be shrugged off as being against Houthi rebels only ?

Baaligh Feb 15, 2016 11:22am

@moeazzi : "Pakistan should learn the lessons from the 80's and 90's by following blindly the Saudis that has lead to never ending terrorism." How is this possible at a time when personal friendship prevails over wisdom and norms, ethics etc ?

Papa Feb 15, 2016 11:29am

Saudi needs Pakistani soldiers ,they think that people from sub continent are stupid.Like Indians ,Pakistan should also stay neutral ..and this for sub continent's as well as Pakistan own's security,which is also critical for India

RAJA CHILL Feb 15, 2016 11:59am

Seems not learnt from history and preparing for a sequel of Afgan ver 2.0

Blue Saffron Feb 15, 2016 12:24pm

Pakistan Army is not for sale nor to be used to repay personal debts by our politicians to Saudi Arabia.

tahir Feb 15, 2016 12:32pm

Nice to see the Muslim nations finally gathered to free Palestine.

civi Feb 15, 2016 12:34pm

pakistan is doing very big mistake!the war will never end&you will pay huge value

?Heck Feb 15, 2016 12:51pm

Turkey is fighting against Syria's Assad and Kurds. KSA is targeting Assad and Iran. Neither is taking on Daesh. Interestingly, languages of the Kurds and the Baloch are related. Both peoples have progressive outlook.

I think the Russian FM is right. This could potentially trigger WWIII. Look before you leap!

Muzzamil Feb 15, 2016 12:55pm

For almost 2 last years we are hearing West is fighting against IS. In this century, it is neraly impossible that America and Russia are not able to destroy this tiny group. I really doubt their intention. Pakistan should keep away from middleeast.

Muzzamil Feb 15, 2016 12:59pm

@Aman I think middleeast is itself responsible for all this mess. Many issues even Palestine could have been resolved if they followed give and take approach. I think Pakistan don't need to pay any heed on them. We already suffered alot due to our role in American takeover of Afghanistan

A. A. Feb 15, 2016 01:02pm

Thunder of the North? Have they been watching too much of Game of Thrones?

hisham Feb 15, 2016 02:26pm

@Blue Saffron better you get a book

hisham Feb 15, 2016 02:28pm

@Hassan i think you mean Iran not Saudi arabia

hisham Feb 15, 2016 02:31pm

pakistan must stand with saudi arabia as the only country stand with pakistan for decades and we must be real brother for saudis

Ali K Feb 15, 2016 02:41pm

No wonder sane people label us as( mercenaries for hire ). Whole exercise seems to be focused on establishing lines of communication where the sons of Pakistan could work under Saudi's chain of command who have very deep pockets indeed. It's going to be chaos, not just in Lebanon but also in Syria where we are being dragged into. Why the brave sons of our soil have to pay price for the favours showered upon by elite??/

Ali K Feb 15, 2016 02:47pm


Entire middle east is only interested in cheap labour of Pakistan be it in military uniform or 20 plasterers living in one room. Open your eyes! Have some self respect.

rehan Feb 15, 2016 02:52pm

Let us not be part of yet another Saudi led war !

james Feb 15, 2016 02:55pm

@noshin not really it was all over the news

james Feb 15, 2016 02:55pm

@mozef Pakistan agreed to train only

james Feb 15, 2016 02:58pm

@hisham but their intentions r not good this time towards Pakistan. Israel has put them in charge to get Pakistan involved in a war and Pakistan is not .

james Feb 15, 2016 02:59pm

@Democratic Kp it was not pmln. And Pakistan s only going to train them not get involved in the war.

Nawaz,Zubair Feb 15, 2016 03:00pm

A decision which is totally against our interests. The government must debate the issue with all details in a joint sitting of the Parliament. After all that is what the Parliament is there for. PML-N has no authority to take such critical decisions in Raiwind! We are still facing the backlash created by the bad and self serving policies of Zia regime.

immo Feb 15, 2016 03:04pm

Be very very careful of Iranians they might wanna jeopardize the whole exercise by using one of their saboteurs to make arabs and their allies look like incompetent the trick which has worked in the past for Faris

Kashif Feb 15, 2016 03:22pm

together we stand...

Ailly Feb 15, 2016 03:35pm

we should never forget our PMLN outfit was against this.... well done Raheel Sharif we are proud of you and your greater vision to get Pak noted the way it should be reckoned of in the wake lone fighter vs rest of world terrorists. all other are giving statements doing nothing on ground vs menace of terror. God will brave you out Pak Army.

Ailly Feb 15, 2016 03:36pm

am waiting for India to call US ambassador and protest over Pakistan's lead role in this new venture....

Shazad Feb 15, 2016 03:58pm

It really surprises me when some ignorant give argument that since many Pakistanis are working in KSA sending huge remittances, Pakistan is obliged to help KSA in wars, even if KSA is aggressor (Yemen), propping arms rebellion in other countries (Syria, even Pakistan), helping regimes to suppress own people (Bahrain), and so on.

If that is the case than using same criteria, these ignorants would want Pakistan to help USA in their war of aggression, interference with other countries internal matters, helping regimes suppress own people, and so on. Because many Pakistanis not only work in USA but gets better treatment than KSA, and these Pakistanis send billions in remittance to Pakistan. Plus, USA is the biggest aid donor to Pakistan (unlike KSA, who rarely donates anything), provide higher education and training to Pakistanis, support many schools and hospitals in Pakistan, and is biggest supplier of military and industrial hard wares to Pakistan. Right?

Indian Feb 15, 2016 04:01pm

I think Saudi is going to create more problems for the middle east people on the name of religion. When Russia is doing good job then this is not expected. Seems Saudis are supporting ISIS which has killed so many people on the name of religion.

AA Feb 15, 2016 04:15pm

Yes finally we are part of Thunder Down Under!!!

MMM Feb 15, 2016 04:48pm

I am very sad to be born in such society. We have been blinded by superstitions to the level that we are still not waking up.

Zak Feb 15, 2016 05:21pm

Looks like only two countries army are very good, Turkey and Pakistan. Without them, any actionable military venture, is fruitless.

Zak Feb 15, 2016 05:25pm

Let it be an exercise only. No military misadventures are needed now, specially by Arab countries. This military coalition has to be led ,either by Turkey or Pakistan, otherwise it will be a fiasco.

Raja Feb 15, 2016 06:09pm

Pakistan cant never have good relations with IRAN. Even China is on other sid3 supporting Russia Iran and Syria

DVK Feb 15, 2016 06:13pm

Brave army should fight wars for own country. Anyone who tries to fight someone else's war is in mud and difficult get out.

Pakistanfirst Feb 15, 2016 06:20pm

@Reality "where was this alliance when Israel was bombing Gaza". May I ask what has Pakistan done.

For that matter what has Iran done for Kashmir, they are the largest supplies of gas and oil to India. You and some others are quick to mention Gaza but totally ignore Kashmir, are you Pakistani?

Hamedi Feb 15, 2016 06:21pm

Despite obvious indian objections to Pakistan siding with GCC nations this is an excellent opportunity to forment strong military to military relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab and Muslim nations in the region. If Nato can do it so can we.

Hamedi Feb 15, 2016 06:23pm

@Blue Saffron speak for yourself, Pakistan and Pakistanis holds the GCC and the rest of the Muslim nations in high regard.

Zak Feb 15, 2016 06:24pm

@Raja pakistan is the only country that has good relations Russia and Syria. It has very good real actions with US and Turkey. And excellent relations with China. Pakistan is the only respected regional power.mthat is why our leadership need to step up to the role.

Muneer Feb 15, 2016 06:25pm

To our Indian nieghbors who opposed the sale of F-16s to Pakistan and are now advising us to stay out of it, guess what? Its non of your business what we our government decides to do.

Muneer Feb 15, 2016 06:27pm

@Papa so why did India then opposed the sale of F-16s to Pakistan which are essential for Pakistan`s security ? Pakistan has taken the right decision and its enjoys the wider general public support.

Ozz Feb 15, 2016 06:35pm

Saudi Arabia has much superior weaponry compared to Pakistan. F-16, F-15s and F-18s with state of the art weapons. Dont understand what they need Pakistan for against a relatively small group?

Pakistan is fighting is own war on terror. Did any coalition come to help Pakistan?

Pakistanfirst Feb 15, 2016 06:41pm

@Shazad Your post clearly demonstrate who is the ignorant here. First remittances coming from KSA are MANY times more than USA. 1. There are much more Pakistani working in KSA then USA. 2.USA allows citizen ship and KSA does not. People settle in USA build and buy property there, save for retirement etc. KSA does not let you settle down, every penny you earn will be sent to Pakistan. KSA has helped us in every single natural disaster, they helped us when we were under sanctions. Stop spreading misinformation because of your ignorance or worse bias.

Akber Feb 15, 2016 07:03pm

@uk expat Muslim friend ? spend a week in SA on a Pakistani passport to experience their friendship.

Muneer Feb 15, 2016 07:08pm

@Akber i already reside in a gcc reside, great friendship great people

Muneer Feb 15, 2016 07:10pm

@Shazad ignorance is a bliss

Muneer Feb 15, 2016 07:21pm

@hisham dude he is an indian, not a pakistani ofcourse indians dont want pakistan to be a part of the coalition as it enahnces Pakistans own image and repute

Safdar Feb 15, 2016 07:23pm

As much as they are eager to have our military be part of their 'maneuvers' they should also tell their people about Pakistan's importance and stop treating our workers there like their goats and sheeps....

Blue Saffron Feb 15, 2016 07:56pm

Parliament must hold hearings and debate Pakistan's involvement in this matter. As Pakistanis we are entitled to know the details.

Pakistanfirst2 Feb 15, 2016 07:57pm

@Safdar Tell me, if they treat us so bad then why are hundreds and thousands of Pakistanis living there. The fact of the matter is that there are no jobs, respect, justice, merit and plenty of corruption in our own country that is why these people are living there and a plenty more want to. Some of us are even willing to export short coming of our society to others and when they get punished we scream "barbaric". It is easy to point out problems in their country but very difficult to answer about our own. If Pakistan was such a heaven then people would flock to it not they other way around.

Blue Saffron Feb 15, 2016 08:00pm

Our armed and security forces are stretched thin to protect our people from terrorism. Sending our armed forces to Saudi Arabia on some nebulous mission is befuddling.

Sensible Indian Feb 15, 2016 08:01pm

It is actually against Russia... its proxy war... may be leading to WWIII

Saqib Mirza UK Feb 15, 2016 08:06pm

the GCC countries areally only good for amassing western made weaponry and they don't have the courage to use them on any real enemy state. Pakistan should not be in any coalition involving Egypts Sisi. he is a puppet of the Israelis. Pakistan should leave mid east mess for the corrupt despots to deal with. concentrate on mending relations with India and pouring everything into the CPEC

Hyder Feb 15, 2016 08:11pm

Can anyone use Pakistan army as per their own choice ? What inference can be drawn from the title of the news published by Arab News? "Planned ‘North Thunder’ a clear message to Tehran"

SyedChaudhryGangaDinKhan of UP Feb 15, 2016 08:27pm

I am dying to see Saudi ground operations in Syria. It will be a wonderful day.

Jaleel Feb 15, 2016 08:27pm

Iran not included? Here goes the unity of the so called Muslm Ummah. Pakistan should not be part of any effort to devide the region on religious or ethnic grounds.

Ailly Feb 15, 2016 08:34pm

@Jaleel - Iran is sending / supporting houthis then how can iran be a part of this unity ?. we don need them or their support, they are out and out. they fuel and provoke hatred and sectarianism.

M Azam Feb 15, 2016 08:38pm

Best stay at home in Pakistan and secure our own borders and provide internal security.

Why Pakistan aligning itself with Saudi ?????

Ali Feb 15, 2016 08:40pm

Unwise move. Pakistan should stay impartial in this situation. The muscle flexing of KSA when they are slaughtering fellow Muslims in Yemen and supporting terrorist groups in Syria should be discouraged. KSA is facilitating divisions between Muslims and needs to be condemned by the saner elements.

SWEET Feb 15, 2016 08:41pm

Nice move to further sabotage relations with Iran.

Khwarezmi Feb 15, 2016 08:41pm

"The Thunder of The North". Really? North meaning what?

The Islamic World need Pakistani Nuclear Umbrella. It is the only thing which can work. A few countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan and Egypt is all it takes to make a workable alliance. Iran should be included as well so we can avoid the Sunni-Shia clash.

Khwarezmi Feb 15, 2016 08:51pm

This so called alliance will not make the Muslim World safer. Infact the Muslim World has entered a very dangerous phase of civil wars within Muslim lands. This alliance has the tactical backing of Washington D.C. which means Israel is on board: Palestine will not be addressed. No where is the US bombings & invasions as well as Palestine being addressed.

Pakistan has no business in Syria as long as Pakistan is at war against TTP and their backers.

Pakistanfirst2 Feb 15, 2016 08:56pm

@Ali so tell me are the Russian planes dropping petal and roses on the civilians or the guns used by Houthies, Asad, Irani and Hezbollah squirt honey and milk in Syria and Yemen. It is Iran who is flexing the muscle, started as soon as a hint of sanctions going away. Saudis are reacting to a situation. Majority of Muslim countries stand on one side and Iran with a couple of others on the other. Instead of standing with the majority they had to start trouble for everyone else.

Tipu Hassan Feb 15, 2016 08:56pm

"Planned ‘North Thunder’ a clear message to Tehran"

Anwar Sadiqque Feb 15, 2016 08:56pm

The Saudis have a coalition and are threatening to invade Syria. The Iranians are threatening to send "foreign troops", never mind Iran has troops in Syria, . The situation is going to get very bad. The Turks are not only wanting to take Assad out but the Kurds. The US government is under tremendous pressure from our Saudi and other Arab allies to.

Anwar Sadiqque Feb 15, 2016 08:58pm

@uk expat : Dude you sound like a typical Westerner; lacking understanding of basic geography. The article is eluding to an invasion of Syria,

Pakistanfirst2 Feb 15, 2016 09:01pm

@SWEET maybe Iran needs to worry about sabotaging relationship with us.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Feb 15, 2016 09:17pm

@rockies110 "Aal-e-Saud and Turkey are trying to start a WWIII. Their deployment of troops on Turkish border is not to fight against Daesh.This nexus of evil needs to be crushed for stability, prosperity and peace in the region." Agree with every single word.

ahsan7979 Feb 15, 2016 09:31pm

This is a war with terrorism is the war for the soul of Islam. It needs to be fought by all Muslim countries united together. Good job SA.

Sarwat Feb 15, 2016 09:35pm

Why are we inching in to the quick sand that the Saudi leadership prepared for the region?

Akbar Feb 15, 2016 09:41pm

Pakistan has the upper hand now as the Saudi Alliance (including US/West) want Pakistani army involved in the war in Yemen /Syria.

Raja Feb 15, 2016 10:02pm

I am a Pakistani and I am not respected in Saudi Arabia, and I pay tax and am shocked to see my tax money going to the country where I am not respected and get a humiliating treatment.

Socrates of Gilgit-baltistan Feb 15, 2016 10:37pm

What you sow today shall reap tomorrow is the adage wise people always takes into account. As a citzeens we must appreciate the decision taken by the policy makers regarding being part of this alliance. It would be far better if the issue at hand has been thoroughly debated in the parliament as a sign of being a democratic country. However, it is for sure that our esteemed military commanders may very well know the depth of such initiatives and that brings us to say that there is no need of being worried by indulging ourselves in unnecessary speculations. One more thing which i want share on this occasion is the expression of my profoundest desire that it would have been far more better for the leaders of Islamic countries if they concentrate their energies to expand their investment on the prospects of education,how to alleviate poverty and providance of excellent health facilities to their subjects rather than indulging in profitless pursuits such as this.

Nadeem Cheema Feb 15, 2016 10:52pm

Wrong decision of Pakistan's pro-Saudi government. Pakistan should not be part of any alliance created on sectarian basis. PML leadership should not take historical wrong decisions based on personal relationships.

Rick_james Feb 15, 2016 11:02pm

Excellent exercises. We need such more close cooperation and exercises to counter the threat that exist in the region. We must stand united.

Rational Feb 15, 2016 11:07pm

this is absolutely sick and disappointing to see that nations all falling into this trap of Saudi vs Iran .. Shia vs Sunni ... We are going backwards socially and theologically ...

Paritosh Feb 15, 2016 11:12pm

@Blue Saffron Respect is asked or earned ? Display of force may perhaps increase respect in future ?

gknatarajan Feb 15, 2016 11:12pm

sad that pakisthan is taking sides with soudi, whichmay unnecessarily drag pak. into conflicts in the area! better concentrate on local issues and economicprogress, removalpoverty etc, in your country

Paritosh Feb 15, 2016 11:16pm

@ahsan7979 Be careful before you send the lives in troble, because the internal problems of Pakistan are more serious than other problems ?

Imran Feb 15, 2016 11:25pm

@tahir Stop dreaming- Ther are gathering to counter Iranian nfluence in the reion.

Justwasif Feb 16, 2016 12:33am

Pak army should keep a neutral agenda

Hyder Feb 16, 2016 12:57am


Why not Saudi Arabia lead these 34 countries armies to liberate Palestine if it is so much worried about Ummah???


Blue Saffron Feb 16, 2016 01:30am

Why are our opposition politicians so quiet on this important foreign policy matter? I would have expected them to be out front questioning the wisdom of deploying our bravehearts abroad.

Zak Feb 16, 2016 01:49am

No more wars in muslim world ,please.

Blue Saffron Feb 16, 2016 02:34am

God is my witness how much I love Pakistan. It pains my heart how inspite of our strengths we have been marginalized to play second fiddle to Saudi Arabia. I remember leaders like Air Marshal Nur Khan who gave us so much pride and honor and dignity in everything they touched. They were true patriots who had the best interests of Pakistan always in their mind. They took bullets in their chests to protect the honor of Pakistan.

Aussie Feb 16, 2016 02:55am

so nawaz sharif will send his son there or not??

JustWasif Feb 16, 2016 02:58am

Not good

ali Feb 16, 2016 03:39am

@uk expat

ali Feb 16, 2016 03:45am

Pakistan should not send any forces to join the Saudis, we should be helping Saudi's and Irani's to reconciliate rather than taking sides!! No one is attacking Saudi , infact it is the saudis who are attacking Yemen amd sending forces to Turkey. My comment's are at mercy of the moderator.

K.Shah Feb 16, 2016 06:16am

@abdul manan By trying to protect their own skin.

Putho Feb 16, 2016 06:30am

Very bad Idea.

JAWED, USA Feb 16, 2016 07:48am

Pakistani so called leaders do not represent Pakistani people. They will do anything for the same of money or keeping their seats.

Jawad Chaudry Feb 16, 2016 09:26am

Aren't enough problems inside the country, we are fighting our own war against terrorism. Then why troops are send outside to fight someone else war. Did they come to fight our war? PML-N leadership protect their personal interests rather than interests of Pakistan.

dr shehzad Feb 16, 2016 09:34am

Pakistan should not be involved in any direct offence against any Islamic country....Saudis are trying to trap Pakistan in never ending war..Pakistan should focus upon her own interests n benefits..

Justice Feb 16, 2016 10:14am

Suadi Arabia is getting ready to start 3rd world war in Middle East. Pakistan shall not be part of evil disctator's alliance in middle east.

Ehsan Feb 16, 2016 05:27pm

I am surprised by the fact that insurgency victimized states, Iraq and Iran are not incorporated in the Saudi led coalition. The states in which this coalition has to fight (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria) should be the integral part of the coalition. But here is not the case, Iraq and Iran are not a part of the flawed polarized coalition against insurgency. This coalition is not more than a polarization of the Islamic world, or more drastically one can say Sunni, Shia polarization. Islamic states should not promote factionalism, Rather they should unanimously strive to alleviate the Factionalism in the Islamic world.

Ali Feb 17, 2016 01:08am

Twenty Muslim countries have formed a military coalition against terrorism. This is great news, something which should have been done much earlier. Its not against any religion or country, its only against terrorists who have killed Muslims and devastated Muslim countries. Pakistan as the only Muslim nuclear-weapon state, has great responsibility to lead the fight against terrorism, as the people of Pakistan stand for peace in the region and the world. Unfortunately, religious fanatics hijacked Islam, which is a religion of peace and brotherhood of mankind.

Jatt Feb 17, 2016 01:15am

@Reality where was Iran

Jatt Feb 17, 2016 01:18am

@?Heck since when has tribalism and feudalism been progressive