Pakistan to send in its troops in Saudi; will it be deployed in Yemen offensive as well ??
In a major decision, neighboring Pakistan is sending troops to ally Saudi Arabia on a “training and advise mission”.
The country’s military said that they have made this decision three years after it decided against sending soldiers to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.
Sources confirmed that the exact role the troops will play was unclear but it was clarified that the troops will not be employed outside the kingdom.
Pakistan’s retired army chief, General Raheel Sharif, commands the new Saudi-led Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism, though it was not immediately clear whether the new troops would participate in that coalition.
Saudi Arabia had earlier asked fellow Sunni-majority Pakistan to provide ships, aircraft and troops for the Yemen campaign to stem the influence of Shi’ite Iran.
This is seen as serious rivalry between two major powers of the Gulf region.
It was also mentioned that there are already about 750-800 Pakistani servicemen in Saudi Arabia, in part to guard Islamic holy sites. >