Pakistan, KSA discuss enhancing defense cooperation

Pakistan’s defense delegation led by Secretary Defense Lt. General (Retd) Zamir Ul Hassan Shah traveled to KSA where the delegation also met General Rahil Sharif, head of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Ministry of Defense)
Updated 10 July 2018
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Pakistan, KSA discuss enhancing defense cooperation

  • The Pakistani delegation was briefed about the organizational aspects of the coalition at the headquarters of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition
  • Both sides expressed satisfaction over the present status of bilateral defense relations and expressed a keen desire to further enhance and diversify them

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s defense delegation visited Saudi Arabia to discuss existing bilateral defense ties, the Pakistani Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Monday.
“A defense delegation led by Secretary Defense Lt. General (Retd) Zamir Ul Hassan Shah visited KSA, during which the delegation met high-level officials including Chief of General Staff and Assistant Minister of Defense KSA,” the statement said.
“During the interactions issues relating to existing bilateral defense relations and areas of future cooperation were deliberated upon,” it added.
“Both sides expressed satisfaction over the present status of bilateral defense relations and expressed a keen desire to further enhance and diversify them.” 
The Pakistani delegation also visited the headquarters of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, where it was briefed about the “organizational aspects of the coalition besides the future roadmap of the organization,” the Defense Ministry said.
Pakistan is part of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition.


UAE wins 2019 Ramadan Year of Tolerance football cup in Islamabad

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UAE wins 2019 Ramadan Year of Tolerance football cup in Islamabad

  • KSA, Egypt, Sudan, UAE, Nigeria, Kuwait & Arabs from two other nations played
  • KSA won third place match against Egypt on Saturday night

ISLAMABAD: The winning streak of the Emiratis that survived the ten day Year of Tolerance Football Championship of Ramadan 2019 came to a fruitful end early Sunday morning as the UAE team won against its opponent 1-0 taking the big trophy.
Initiative of UAE Ambassador Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Al Zaabi who revived the spirit of football organizing the tournament last year under the title ‘Year of Zayed’ is aimed at rekindling relations between the Arab diplomats stationed in Islamabad.
“This kind of activity brings all Arabs, all Islamic countries, and all (Middle East) embassies together”, Al Zaabi told Arab News, as his team lifted the winning cup.
The Emirati envoy pledged to do more toward what he called a successful “sports diplomacy”.
The game was suspended back in 2008 during Pakistan’s troubled era plagued by terrorism. But in 2018 UAE emabssy which has indulged in several philanthropic activities took steps to connect with other Arab nations through football, a game commonly played in the Middle East.
Arab News shows in this video report, its second coverage of the tournament this month, the excitement of participants, players, and a select crowd of Arabs and Pakistanis enjoying the football in cricket crazy Pakistan.