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Pakistan sends troops to Saudi Arabia

Karachi, Pakistan is sending troops to Saudi Arabia on a training and advise mission, the military said.

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.

Pakistani military analyst retired Brigadier Shaukat Qadir said talks involving sending troops to Saudi Arabia had been ongoing for some time.

The announcement of the decision was made shortly after Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Al-Malki met with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa.

There are already about 750-800 Pakistani servicemen in Saudi Arabia, in part to guard Islamic holy sites.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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