Saudi Arabia, center of Islamic world and symbol of unity: Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi

Islamabad: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, said that Saudi Arabia is the center of Islamic world and symbol of unity among the Ummah. The enemies of Islam have set their eyes on Saudi Arabia but we will not bear any nefarious designs of opponents and keep stand with Saudi Arabia with full power.

Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi lauded the move to send troops Saudi Arabia for training and consultative mission, he said   it will strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. PUC chairman asserted that prevailing challenges of Muslim world could be settled through unity of Muslim Ummah. In the joint statement, they underlined that enemies of Islam and Muslims aimed at making confrontation and differences within Muslim Ummah.

Saudi Arabia is centre of holy places of Muslims and prevailing understanding between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan for defence purpose will prove positive for Muslim Ummah and will also strengthen mutual harmony, added Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi.

Pakistan is sending a “contingent of troops” to Saudi Arabia, the military announced late on February 15. The news was announced after a meeting between Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa and Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, on Thursday at General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi. Matters of mutual interest including regional security and bilateral issues were discussed during the meeting.

Soon after the meeting Pakistan army mouthpiece Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) issued a statement, saying “In continuation of ongoing Pak-KSA bilateral security cooperation, Pakistan Army contingent is being sent to KSA on training and advise mission. These or troops already there will not be employed outside KSA”. Pak Army maintains bilateral security cooperation with many other GCC / regional countries, statement added.

Already around 1,000 Pakistani troops are deployed in Saudi Arabia in various advisory and training roles, there was no official word on the number of additional troops being sent to kingdom in ISPR press release. The ISPR cleared in statement that the new deployment and nearly 1,000 Pakistani troops already stationed there would not be “employed outside KSA”. Gen Bajwa had earlier this month visited Saudi Arabia, where he stayed for three days and his only known meetings were with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Commander of Ground Forces Lt Gen Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz. This was his second visit to the kingdom in two months.

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