A delegation of the Riyadh-based Islamic military coalition against terrorism, headed by former Pakistan Army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif, arrived here for the first-ever visit to the country for talks with the top Pakistani leadership on issues like counter-terrorism.
Saudi Arabia acquired the services of Gen. Raheel, who retired in November 2016, as head of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in 2017. The IMCTC was cobbled together in December 2015 to combat terrorism.
A special plane carrying the delegation arrived at Nur Khan air base in the federal capital on Sunday, the Express Tribune reported.
Quoting sources, the report said, during the two-day visit, the visiting delegation is likely to hold key meetings with the civil and military leadership of the country.
The military officials are expected to meet Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmoood Qureshi besides Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat.
Regional security situation and measures taken against terrorism will also be discussed in the meetings, it said.
In December last year, Gen. Raheel dismissed the notion that the military coalition was aimed against any particular country, nation or sect without any mentions.
He said this while briefing the Senate chairman, who was on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, on performance and objectives behind formation of the military alliance.
The former army chief has said the basic objective of IMCTC was to fight against the menace of terrorism until its eradication.
The Saudi crown prince will follow-up on agreements signed between the two countries during Prime Minister Khan's visit to the Kingdom last year.
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia agreed to provide USD 6 billion lifeline to Pakistan following the second visit of Khan.
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