DAMMAM: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday joined other world leaders to witness the closing ceremony of Gulf Shield-1.
Troops of the Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force C-130 aircraft, JF-17 Thunder Fighter jets, Pakistan Navy ships, and commandos from Special Services Group participated in the exercise, touted as the largest military drill in the region in terms of diversity of troops, weapon systems, and operational manoeuvring.
The spokesman for Joint Gulf Shield-1, Brig Gen Abdullah Al-Subaie, told a news conference that the exercise featured two types of military operations; conventional military operations that involved coastal defence attacks against the enemy, besides the irregular war operations carried out by besieging and penetrating villages and industrial installations to cleanse them of hostile elements.
The exercise also displayed military uniformity among the participating countries, in addition to the development of a sense of collective security, unity and common destiny, the spokesman said.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached Saudi Arabia Sunday to inspect the exercises of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC).
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Khurrum Dastagir also accompany the prime minister to witness the exercise.
Upon arrival he was received at the King Abdulaziz Air Force Base at Al Khobar by Governor Dammam Prince Saud bin Nayef. Ambassador Khan Hasham bin Saddique and Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf al-Maliki were also present.
The United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Pakistan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Turkey were the other participants of the month-long exercise.