The civil-military leadership is keen on testing the newly-acquired JF-17 Thunder fighter jets in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, while the Kingdom has also expressed interest in trained personnel from Pakistan’s Armed Forces, sources present at a high-level meeting at the PM House confirmed.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presided over a meeting on Thursday to discuss the situation pertaining to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
With the deputy air chief present in the visiting delegation, sources from the PM House confirmed that civil military leadership was interested to see their JF17 Thunder’s used in KSA. He was further assigned the task to assess what could be offered to the Kingdom.
Although Saudi Arabia does not require air force equipment, they expressed interest in well trained personnel from the Pakistan Air Force who could offer their services to Saudi Arabia.
Thursday’s meeting comprising Khawaja Asif, Sartaj Aziz and representatives of the armed forces are said to brief PM Nawaz about their talks with the Saudi leadership and what proposals and decisions were put forward.
According to sources, Chief of General Staff Let General Ashfaq Nadeem has briefed the premier about meeting with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia.
Nadeem reportedly received details of how the armed forces of both countries should cooperate and at what time Pakistan will dispatch its troops to the Kingdom.
Sources added that chief of general staff was instructed to find out more about Saudi Arabia’s requirements how far Pakistan can meet them.
Nadeem previously served as DG Military Operations in Pakistan and has acquired relevant experience to assess the requirements, should the country need to deploy troops in the Kingdom.
During his interaction with the Kingdom’s authorities they revealed their military requirements, the strength required, time frame and equipment needed, the mode of training that will be used and how the forces will coordinate. Source Express Tribune