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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder aircraft performed flight manoeuvres during a military parade at the concluding ceremony of the 12-day ‘Thunder of the North’ military exercises in Saudi Arabia on Friday.


“Pakistan is the only country whose pilots and fighter aircraft took part in aerobics at the show as PAF’s display team Sherdils performed with its K-8 Karakoram aircraft,” a statement said.


Soldiers from Pakistan’s elite commando force, the SSG, also performed free fall by jumping off military helicopters carrying flags of 21 countries, which took part in the ‘North Thunder’ military drills.

PM, army chief witness ‘Thunder of the North’ military exercises in Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif attended the parade in King Khalid military city with custodian of the two Holy mosques, dignitaries and officials from other countries.

The PM along with leaders of other Islamic countries inspected the contingents of 21 countries pass through the stage with their respective flags.

Earlier on Thursday, prime minister along with the army chief witnessed the military exercises billed as the region’s biggest-ever military exercises.

The exercises took place near Hafr al-Batin city, close to the Kuwaiti and Iraq borders.

Saudi Arabia’s chief of staff, General Abdulrahman al-Bunyan, commanded the exercise and called it “the largest Arab and Islamic military gathering” in the region.

Northern Thunder’s official Twitter account said the exercises aimed to “confront all the threat scenarios in the region”.

According to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Saudi Arabia has the best equipped military of Gulf countries, with an army of 75,000 troops and 313 combat-capable aircraft.

 

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it's good diplomacy by pakistan. give the saudis a "lollipop" . you have our full support . now go and fight your wars "yourself". we will come to perform CPR at your death bed.
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it's good diplomacy by pakistan. give the saudis a "lollipop" . you have our full support . now go and fight your wars "yourself". we will come to perform CPR at your death bed.
JFT may attract some customers
Thank God I had the honour to come across world's smartest diplomat!
 

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Well I think the military exercise is appropriate and proper idea , to face ISIS and many challenges in region.

Such cooperation is ideal in today's realities

Wonderful to see our Middle eastern friends taking interest in the Thunder program hopefully our Military can maintain a permanent presence , obviously if all expenses are paid for training local youths to further improve Military in region

Considering we make and sell
  • Al Khalid Tank
  • F22P frigates
  • JF17 Thunders
I doubt the Toyota Pickups would be any form of defense for ISIS

We can certainly lend a hand to broker peace


350,000 troops take part in region’s ‘biggest-ever military exercises’ in Saudi desert | The National

350,000 troops take part in Northern Thunder military exercise in Saudi desert

KING KHALID MILITARY CITY // Warplanes roared overhead, tanks rumbled across the desert and smoke filled the sky on Thursday during the final stage of what Saudi Arabia said were the region’s biggest ever military exercises.

Nearly 350,000 ground troops from 20 nations in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including the UAE, took part in the last day of the so-called “Northern Thunder" manoeuvres. The exercises, which took place in the desert near to the Kuwaiti and Iraq borders, began 12 days ago.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, joined Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to attend the conclusion of the manoeuvres.

Senior royals from Qatar, Bahrain and Oman were also present along with other regional leaders, including Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi, president Omar Al Bashir and Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sheikh Mohammed praised the expertise of the UAE troops who participated in the air, land and sea exercises.

“This group of our armed forces enjoy the advantages of combat and military skills, and morale is very high. They are the vanguard against challenges, no matter how hard, which have increased the threat to peace and to regional and international security."

He also praised the skills of the other armies taking part, and expressed his confidence that all involved would achieve military superiority.

“One victory is not enough to defeat and root out terrorism because it would be temporary, whereas superiority lasts forever and that is what we plan to do as leaders in the UAE, to achieve superiority on many levels and in all fields of military, developmental, humanitarian, political and economic."

The training focused on how to coordinate combat operations and guerrilla warfare tactics among the Muslim-majority countries that are members of a larger alliance against terrorism announced by Riyadh in December.

However, Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Al Assiri said the manoeuvres were distinct from the 35-nation counter-terrorism alliance.

Taking place near Hafr Al Batin city in northeastern Saudi Arabia, the manoeuvres are the “most important and largest in the region’s history", according to Saudi authorities.

A two-hour mock battle featuring fighter jets, attack helicopters and tanks was among the final exercises, which Saudi Arabia has described as a show of regional unity.

Riyadh has adopted a more assertive foreign policy since King Salman took the throne early last year following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah.

The kingdom is leading a mainly Arab coalition fighting rebels in Yemen, is taking part in US-led air strikes against ISIL and has offered to send special forces to fight the extremist group in Syria.

“Northern Thunder" is also taking place after tensions escalated between Saudi Arabia and Iran, who back opposing sides in Syria and Yemen.

Authorities have released few details of the extent of the exercises, but Brig Gen Al Assiri said they were aimed at preparing to tackle the region’s “terrorist menace" and were not directed against Iran.

The drills included troops from all six GCC countries, as well as Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Jordan, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia.

Thunder Officially Arrives on the big STAGE largest military exercise in region
 
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Elhamdulillah!! Paks never fail to excite the Ummet with the extraordinary staffs they bring out - be it nukes, missiles, tanks, planes or CPEC...
Thanks to Allah then our friend China they open up door for us through TOTs and help us unconditionally..
 

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Really Maldives was there, i feel safer already.

The main contributions will have to be from the GCC, Egypt, Pak and Turkey.
What is the scope of this thing anyway, is it going to be set up like NATO to fight terrorism.?
 

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So, shall we expect more military assignments in KSA in the coming months?
 

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