Sunday’s visit by Saudi defence minister, Mohammad bin Salman has prompted Pakistan’s army chief to make a strong statement reinforcing Pakistan’s support for the kingdom, according to Dawn.
Pakistan’s chief of army staff, Raheel Sharif assured the prince there would be a “strong response” should there be a threat to Saudi Arabia’s “territorial integrity”.
“Pakistan holds its defence ties with the kingdom in highest esteem, re-asserting that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.” he said, according to the ISPR
On the other hand, Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif focused on a diplomatic approach to the rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran, sparked by the recent execution of prominent Shia Sheikh, Nimr al-Nimr earlier this month.
“Pakistan has historically pursued the policy of promoting brotherhood among member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation,” his office quoted him saying.
“Pakistan has also always expressed its readiness to offer its good offices to brotherly Muslim countries for resolution of their differences.”
The prime minister also re-affirmed Islamabad’s cooperation with Riyadh in efforts to counter extremism, however he did not indicate that this would be militarily.