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The Saudi king and the army chief agreed that both the countries share great history of cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood. —Photo courtesy ISPR
The Saudi king and the army chief agreed that both the countries share great history of cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood. —Photo courtesy ISPR

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on Sunday, said a statement issued by military’s media wing.

The Saudi king and the army chief agreed that both the countries share great history of cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood which has transformed into an enduring partnership, read the Inter-Services Public Relations statement.

It was also acknowledged that both Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are vital players in regional stability, “with significant responsibility towards the entire Muslim ummah”.

Both leaders re-emphasised the need to continue working to eliminate the menace of terrorism and reinforce the mechanism to roll back extremism with even greater vigour.

General Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan. —Photo courtesy ISPR
General Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan. —Photo courtesy ISPR

Gen Bajwa reiterated Pakistan's commitment to the security and protection of the Holy Mosques and also the territorial integrity of the kingdom.

The army chief, who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, held a series of meetings on Sunday.

He held meeting with deputy crown prince and the defence minister Muhammad bin Salman to discuss matters related to mutual interests and bilateral security cooperation. The Defence Minster reassured Gen Bajwa that the kingdom supports peace and stability in Pakistan in every way.

Later General Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan to discuss military to military relations, defence cooperation and regional security situation. Both leaders agreed to boost military cooperation and collaboration.

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Sohaib Dec 18, 2016 07:42pm

But why?

AN observer Dec 18, 2016 07:43pm

Here we go again.

Rashid Dec 18, 2016 07:55pm

Long live Saudi Pakistan friendship.

Shakil USA Dec 18, 2016 07:56pm

We need to focus and eliminate home grown terrorism that's hurt Pakistan image around the world. We are better than Iraq and Syria. Good bless Pakistan and Pakistan always be first.

Sohail Wazir Dec 18, 2016 07:54pm

Very well going sir.

pakistani Dec 18, 2016 08:03pm

very good move....i appreciate it....

Samina Dec 18, 2016 08:04pm

Let's not fool ourselves, KSA has no interest in the wellbeing of Muslim Ummah. Look how brutally they killed innocent people in Yemen!

sanjesh kumar Dec 18, 2016 08:13pm

New COAS needs to sit like Gen Raheel Sharif. Good foreign policy by the new COAS. But Saudi Arabia is not our friend. Many Pakistanis are stranded in jails and struggling in the Saudi Arabia. Moreover, many are executed on false and petty issues. Our nation needs to be united and strong to tell them about our values and respect.

Syed(Australia) Dec 18, 2016 08:16pm

Saudi Arabia is supporting rebels in Syria, terrorist in Yemen and other parts of Muslim world. I will say Pakistan should stand aside and look after itself. Pakistan first.

Zak Dec 18, 2016 08:17pm

Pakistan,KSA,China and Russia can together bend the world according to our will and desires.

Ghani k Dec 18, 2016 08:21pm

He was there within a month after he took the charge. Did our chief discuss the fall of Aleppo and thousands of Syrians turned refugees ? Not to mention , indiscriminate bombing of Yaman.

Sonny Afridi Dec 18, 2016 08:36pm

Good work

Sonny Afridi Dec 18, 2016 08:36pm

@Samina the Houthis aren't saints either but yes I agree

American Dec 18, 2016 08:40pm

It is strange that Pakistani COAS's meeting with foreign heads of Governments is given so much visibility and importance. This is not a good omen for developing healthy democracy in a country like Pakistan. Country's armed forces must be subservient to the political establishment. God help Pakistan!

Muzaffar Dec 18, 2016 08:48pm

I wonder why he felt the need for this.

Desi Dec 18, 2016 08:55pm

Keep your commitments to guarding the holy mosques only. Let Saudi Arabia defend its own territorial integrity.

MR Dec 18, 2016 08:54pm

It is bizzare that COAS is visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is not the foreign minister

isb Dec 18, 2016 09:01pm

This army general needs guard and pay attention to Pakistan first.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Dec 18, 2016 09:07pm

KSA is ignoring Pakistan why our General going.

Aftab Dec 18, 2016 09:06pm

Thousands of Pakistanis are languishing in Saudi jails without trials.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Dec 18, 2016 09:05pm

After yamen Pakistan stance saudi looking for Others.

Sara Dec 18, 2016 09:10pm

@Samina how can you forget Syria and Iraq. Where thousands are killed and millions have been displaced due to Iran. If any country truly supports Pakistan its Saudi Arabia

Sami khan Dec 18, 2016 09:11pm

Why every military general in Pakistan has to visit Saudi king ?

Khan Dec 18, 2016 09:13pm

@Muzaffar especially when we know that the cause of extremism in Pakistan is a gift from Saudis.

Sara Dec 18, 2016 09:11pm

@Ghani k whats happening in yemen and syria is cultivated by Iran

Sara Dec 18, 2016 09:12pm

@Desi Pakistan armed forces and Pakistani people will always safeguard saudi arabia

isb Dec 18, 2016 09:15pm

As if we don't have any problems left in Pakistan. What about NAP?

Abdul Sattar Dec 18, 2016 09:19pm

Since years this "standard assurance" by all Pakistani leaders and officials tells only thing that's personal protection in difficult time, gaining Saudi's sympathy and possible asylum in Saudi in case of an emergency in Pakistan. Interestingly, Saudis don't need such assurance from Pakistan since US is behind them. The reality is that we have no trust on our constitution and we always need support of Saudis for our survival. House of Saud are aware of this. Conflicts between our civilian and military establishments are known to the Saudi king. When we make such statement, they think we will ask for a favors in difficult time.

Ahsan Dec 18, 2016 09:24pm

We stand by our brotherly country saudi arab.

Be RealistiC Dec 18, 2016 09:27pm

@Samina it Iran playing with lives in Aleppo get your facts straight

Tahir Hussain Dubai Dec 18, 2016 09:28pm

The strong relationship between Pakistan and Saudi are only for public beheading of poor Pakistanis. No one asks any question when our illiterate workers are beheaded in public. What else relationships we are talking about? The highest civilian award is honored to Indian prime minister Nareandra Modi, not to any Pakistani politicians or military officials. Let us not fool us year after year.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Dec 18, 2016 09:29pm

Now its time Pakistan to make alliance with Iran,Russia and China...

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Dec 18, 2016 09:29pm

Pakistan must shift its policy....

Sara Dec 18, 2016 09:31pm

@Abdul Sattar Saudi pakistan relationship is based on muslim unity, brotherhood and common faith.

Dr.Arshad Dec 18, 2016 09:34pm

@Sohaib .......Petro dollars and perhaps assylum ! In return our nation receives bigotry,intolerance and suicide bombers.

Sara Dec 18, 2016 09:53pm

@Desi don t comment like a child, any aggression against saudi arabia shall be considered as aggression against Pakistan

Adil Rasool Dec 18, 2016 10:00pm

better protect your own country first

Rohail Dec 18, 2016 10:00pm

Don't even think about getting into their war in Yemen. They started it and let them finish it with their soldiers lives.

SULAIMAN DHANANI Dec 18, 2016 10:00pm

Amazing and interesting development!!!!!!!!!!!!! More to come in the next few weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Raza Dec 18, 2016 10:07pm

@Desi.No one is going to harm holy places.Houthies are muslim too.This is only saudi political propaganda.

Amit kosh Dec 18, 2016 10:14pm

Why such statements are made when there is no immediate need?

Amjad Dec 18, 2016 10:32pm

Only if Saudi share the trillion dollar revenue

Ali Gohar Dec 18, 2016 10:31pm

Can we ever expect the KSA forces to come to our rescue in case of need.

Jigar USA Dec 18, 2016 10:39pm

Another game changer.

Philly Frank Dec 18, 2016 10:42pm

We need Saudis but first we should put our house in order. Economic progress, better taxation, elimination of nepotism corruption. Education of masses, clean water provision will all lead us to have a better life for the common man. It needs to start at grass roots and leaders need to lead with adherence to what they preach

Shakil USA Dec 18, 2016 10:52pm

@Syed(Australia) - Very well said and agreed.

newpak Dec 18, 2016 11:17pm

Why is everyone so confused? We've been doing this for so long. Saudis dole out cash to make sure their interests in Pakistan is met. Why are these trips such a mystery to everyone on this message board?

kanwarch Dec 18, 2016 11:28pm

@Ghani k No need to do that. Pakistan first

I am Malala Dec 18, 2016 11:42pm

Looks like the new army visited Saudi Arabia on Nawaz sharif's order.

Joe king Dec 18, 2016 11:43pm

Is this some kind of a joke? Hilarious. Where is Pakistan and where is Saudi and this guy 'promising' to protect some mosques there! What utter, sheer nonsense!

Shahid Dec 19, 2016 12:05am

@pakistani ; appreciate for what... ???? they do nothing for Pakistani people. Just do whatever for corrupt leaders of Pakistan;

Umar khan Dec 19, 2016 12:03am

@Sami khan due to just Iran ? What about Saudi Arabia ?

Oz Dec 19, 2016 12:13am

@Sara What a load of rubbish. Please don't be fed by the western media. Syria and Iraq have mercenaries of western and Israeli sponsored regimes. Russia and Iran are supporting the sovereigns of each of these governments. You should also see BBC videos of pre-civil war Syria, in which they are putting the words in the mouth of the people, yet the people on ground disagreed. Syria went into this position because France, UK, US and a few other countries including Israel starting to fund a rebel movement, because Israel was threatened by Syria constantly.

usman Khan Dec 19, 2016 12:11am

We already paid heavy price of Saudi relationship ( Nawaz Sharif assylem). We should use our Army for the betterment of Pakistan first.

Oz Dec 19, 2016 12:16am

@Be RealistiC : Be relastic and research facts. Look at who is the real sponsor of insurgency in Syria for the last five six years, and who started the free Syria movement.

khurram Dec 19, 2016 12:17am

Why did the general met the king...? What was thw need??

Pakistan well wisher Dec 19, 2016 12:19am

This is great. His next trip will be to china and then USA.

Sonny Afridi Dec 19, 2016 12:41am

@American we trust our minds Army to do the needful you would not understand

Karachitee Dec 19, 2016 12:42am

Dollar and Riyal has destroyed this beautiful country i.e. Pakistan.

Ghaznavi Dec 19, 2016 01:41am

Let's look after Pakistan first.

Asif Dec 19, 2016 01:39am

@Rashid For what?

Haider Dec 19, 2016 01:44am

Pak Saudi friendship is very beneficial for both the countries. Good move by General Bajwa.

Sara Dec 19, 2016 02:11am

Love Saudi Arabia

Mustafa R. Dec 19, 2016 03:31am


The armed forces do not need to be subservient to anyone but the people of this country.

Pakistani Dec 19, 2016 04:07am

SA needs to stop its inhumane bombing of Yemen. Pakistani should not take the side of the oppressor.

aga khan Dec 19, 2016 04:42am

@Tahir Hussain Dubai; Sir - what is wrong in folioing ourselves year after year. We salute and worship KSA because they give us good alms - so our brass can keep going.

AdnanMalick Dec 19, 2016 05:32am

@sanjesh kumar correct

Voice of Reason Dec 19, 2016 06:28am

@Zak "Pakistan,KSA,China and Russia can together bend the world according to our will and desires."

What will and desire do Pakistan, KSA, China and Russia have in common? Would it not be more realistic to say the KSA, China and Russia can bend Pakistan to their will and desire?

Tamza Dec 19, 2016 06:36am

Is this a case of pledging allegiance and subservience?

M. Jan Dec 19, 2016 07:02am

The policy of safeguarding the holy mosques in Saudi Arabia is understandable considering the importance of these places to the people of Pakistan but commitment to the kingdom's overall territorial integrity doesn't make much sense. Saudi Arabia is the property of the royal family and they have enough resources to protect their possessions.

Imran Dec 19, 2016 07:40am

@sanjesh kumar stop your false conjectures! More than 2 million Pakistanis live and work in Saudi Arabia and the remittances they send back home is very useful for Pakistans economic activity. Actually What's holding Pakistan back are countries that have cut Pakistan in half in the past and to this day continue to malign Pakistan at international events and try to usurp river waters,etc Long live Pak-Arab friendship! And hope that one day Pakistan realises who it's enemies are: domestically and internationally

Imran Dec 19, 2016 07:50am

@Sara well said. Most haters here forget how 2 million Pakistanis live and work in Saudi Arabia and how Saudi has always provided financial support to Pakistan at critical times.

Tahir A Dec 19, 2016 09:02am

Mixing religious sentiments with other crushing needs of the country. Let us just move away please, for a change.

Abdul Muqtadir Dec 19, 2016 09:23am

Is Pakistan completely free of troubles that he is taking these overseas responsibilities?

Imran Khan Dec 19, 2016 09:48am

And someone is trying to isolate us. Even SA are on our side.

syed zafar kazmI U.S Dec 19, 2016 09:50am

@Ghani k What a factual, precise and to the point analysis. I truly don't understand what is it that drives us so blind to the facts in respect of this country titled after a dynasty as Saudi Arabia. It would have been lot wiser if it were named Mohammadi Arabia-a true benediction to its & huamnity's greatest benefactor.

syed zafar kazmI U.S Dec 19, 2016 09:53am

@Muzaffar Again a very valid question

Ind Dec 19, 2016 10:17am

Its good, Pak should have good relations with all Muslim countries. All Muslim countries should be united and stop fighting proxy against each other.

immo Dec 19, 2016 12:36pm

@Samina Saudia arabia has done more for Muslims than any other country can ever do

P BLR Dec 19, 2016 01:29pm

@Zak Again you nailed it bro.

SARA Dec 19, 2016 03:30pm

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, two great muslim brother countries.

Sara Dec 19, 2016 04:28pm

@Ali Gohar saudi arabia has supported pakistan always

UKumar Dec 19, 2016 05:31pm

@Dr.Arshad Very well said

UKumar Dec 19, 2016 05:35pm

@Haider Please define benefit?

Iftikhar Husain Dec 19, 2016 06:00pm

The visit of the top military general gives a sense of security to the Kingdom.

SARA Dec 19, 2016 06:05pm

@UKumar saudi arabia does not fire mortar shells on Pakistan. Saudies have always helped Pakistan. The largest source of foreign remittances.

SARA Dec 19, 2016 06:25pm

Pakistan has economic financial religious ethical moral ties with Saudi Arabia. The hatters will keep hating but saudi pak relationship will be stronger and stronger

SARA Dec 19, 2016 06:44pm

Relations are built on trust. Saudi Pak relationship is built on trust. Those who have their evil eyes on this relationship are enemies of Pakistan. India os always messing up at our borders, so is Afghanistan and Iran. India Afghanistan and Iran are building their relationship and want to isolate Pakistan.

Leo Dec 19, 2016 06:58pm

@SARA : Need to understand that India is a self imposed enemy. When there is trust deficit then even God can't help us. It's good to be friends with people who have nothing to do with the culture of the sub continent, rather than people whom you can't trust.

Sara Dec 19, 2016 07:23pm

@Leo we have no trust deficit with Saudi Arabia but we do have it with Iran and Afghanistan. India Pakistan is a different ball game but still any move by Pakistan to build good relations with India will be critisized heavily by Iran and its supporters.

khan Dec 19, 2016 11:29pm

So, did he get the blessing?

Ahaq Dec 19, 2016 11:48pm

@Sara including the Gulf oil rich kingdoms and saudi monarchi. US and UK is their major supporters and patrons behind the scenes in all these chaotic happenings.

Ahaq Dec 19, 2016 11:54pm

@Sara Women are not allowed to drive and many of their rights are violated openly by the Saudi government. Please wake up and smell the reality of kingdom of Saudi Arabia

majid Dec 20, 2016 09:06am

@Samina true

majid Dec 20, 2016 09:08am

@Syed(Australia) agreed

majid Dec 20, 2016 09:19am

@SARA when they have helped Pakistan???

majid Dec 20, 2016 10:00am

The royal family of ksa has only one interest & that is the survival of their regime,,,

malik humayoun Dec 20, 2016 11:11am

Long live Pak-Saudi Relationship

BNJ Dec 20, 2016 03:19pm

@Zak Too much of bending can result in breaking bro.