Pakistan to fulfill Saudi military wishlist ‘within a week’


Pakistan is set to fulfill the Saudi government’s request for military assistance against the Houthi rebels in Yemen within the next week, reports in the local media said on Tuesday.

According to the media reports, the decision was taken in a high-level meeting of civil and military leaders chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during the adjournment period of the joint session on Monday. Army chief General Raheel Sharif was also present in the meeting.

According to the report, the government will fulfill all requirements of Saudi Arabia in letter and spirit within a week. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had told the House on Monday that Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for military aircraft, warships and soldiers.

“Saudi Arabia has asked for combat planes, warships and soldiers,” Asif said, without specifying where the Saudi government wanted them deployed.

Media reports said that the government’s statement in the joint session of parliament held to discuss the Yemen conflict were drafted after consensus and with support from the General Headquarters (GHQ).