Recently the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Defense Minister and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited Saudi Arabia at the request of Saudi Authorities on a matter of great impotence in terms of national security to the State of Saudi Arabia, where, also the two of the Holiest Mosques to the Muslim Umma are also situated. The Saudi King and his government invited the Pakistani Prime Minister to convey to him the security concerns and the Military threat being posed to their country. What is at stake in terms of looming threat to the national security of Saudi Arabia and indeed to its allies, the countries of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)?

The State of Saudi Arabia, the biggest country in term of territory and population and being the leader of GCC countries is being outflanked by the proxies both from its northern and southern flanks, Kuwait being no military buffer. The Military experts and analysts in Pakistan will trace the forces of de-stabilization and insurgency in Arabian peninsula from Al-Qaida to Arab springs to IS in Iraq and Syria in the northern flank of Saudi Arabia to Houthis and the forces of Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen to the southern flank of Saudi Arabia, where the proxies of others are being militarily equipped and led by war-hardened commanders and fighters. This is a similar situation which Pakistan military is faced with at the hands of proxies of others in FATA, Baluchistan, KPK and indeed, in the whole of Pakistan.

No one can better understand the threatening military situation and the looming danger to the security of Saudi Arabia and its GCC Allies than the General, Naval, Air Staff of Pakistan. Pakistan’s political leadership took this very important national security concern of Saudi Arabia to our National Parliament, which handled it not knowing what was happening in the back yard of Saudi Arabia, and its implications for our very close Muslim and brotherly country. Pakistan has always been very special to Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia has also been always very special to Pakistan. It was Pakistani experts who helped draft the terms and conditions with American Oil Companies, when they became Aramco, and in return Pakistan House at Makah Mukarma was gifted by the Saudi King to the people of Pakistan.

America and its protégés in the West would have been too pleased to join the coalition forces as they have been doing in the past in early 90s in operation Desert Storm. The Saudi’s and the GCC Countries did not want any such arrangement this time, especially, what happened in Libya and in the face of American Naval Fleet having been anchored off the waters of Bahrain. The Pakistan Parliament in the face of grave threats to Saudi Arabia from its southern flank never realized the gravity of the situation and instead was suggestive of the routine solution to the military problem through the UNO and World Powers. Has UNO helped Pakistan solve the Kashmir problem or the Palestinians solve the Palestine problem? No. If Pakistan could enter into military pacts with SEATO, and CENTO, why not with the GCC countries in the special circumstances of militancy, insurgency and destabilization through out the Middle East? Saudi Arabia has very serious security concerns both internal and external, Pakistan was the first and only country with whom they shared their concerns and asked for military help to become part of the coalition forces to the threat being posed to their national security from Yemen which has bombed the Saudi Cities of Jeezan, Najran and now through the SCUD Missile its southern main city of Khamis Mushait. This is not some thing new from Yemen. Yemeni’s did the same to Southern Saudi Arabia in the 60s as well. Saudi Arabia has now once again an imminent threat being posed to its southern flank by the proxies. Boots or no boots on Yemeni Soil, the threat to Saudi Arabia has to be warded off and eliminated. It will be very prudent for Pakistan to immediately enter into a pact with the GCC countries as they are being threatened and encircled by the belligerents and adversaries posing serious threat to its territory.

It will be very prudent to suggest once again for Pakistan to immediately enter into Defense Pact with the GCC countries for their defense and security. They should financially, materially and militarily help Pakistan to raise 02-military strike corps in Pakistan with a fighter bomber command with its appropriate elements of ADGE, Armed Air reconnaissance with proportionate strength and a Naval command comprising sub-marines, battleships, marine combat troops, and Air Wing. GCC should finance and help raise these elements of military power in Pakistan. This will be no financial burden for the rich states of GCC and can easily be financially afforded by them to address their long-term security concerns. Such a Defense Pact should allow the Pakistani land, Sea and Air Forces to only operate in the Arabian Peninsula and not out side the territorial limits of the GCC, which would clearly imply that the Pakistani Forces will never commit any hostile or offensive military act against Iran including its maritime exclusive economic zone in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf.

The type of military hardware and munitions to equip the Pakistani military component in Pakistan for its training should have some commonality with the military hardware of the GCC countries and should not be prone to the sanctions by the Americans or its close allies who tow her policies without asking a question. The forces in Pakistan will train and operationalize the military equipment in Pakistan and will act as a “force in being”, whenever the military situation demands, the force will deploy. The Pakistani force will take up its mission on rotational basis and would therefore, need to be trained and housed in Pakistan with its operational equipment and munitions. The GCC troops should also form part of military training in Pakistan. Pakistan has had military relationship with all these countries in the past and joining with them as coalition partners would be easy and operationally achievable in very little time. This military pact with Pakistan will keep the proxies away from the Arabian Peninsula, be it from South, North, West or the East.

The GCC military Command Head Quarters should be at Khamis Mushait with the Military Commander and his General, Naval, Air Staff based there with the Regional Command HQ at Hafar ul Batin in Northern Saudi Arabia with a brigade size force with Air and Naval support deployed their to secure Kuwait and Bahrain. In fact, the deployment plans are best left to the force commander and his general staff. The GCC military element should form the part of coalition forces in their own Sheikhdoms along with the Pakistani military element. Saudi Arabia and GCC have reposed their confidence on Pakistan military establishment and they should not be disappointed. Such a military pact should be ratified by the Pakistani parliament and the GCC countries before it comes on the ground.