Pakistan, Bahrain pledge to boost defence cooperation

* Nisar wants more coordination on cyber crime, border security, civil defence and international crime

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Bahrain on Wednesday vowed to further enhance military cooperation between the two countries, as Bahraini King Hamad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa visited the Joint Staff Headquarters along with his delegation. King Hamad is on a state visit to Pakistan. On his arrival, he was received by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt were also present on the occasion. An ISPR handout said that both the sides discussed brotherly relations between the two countries and vowed to further enhance military cooperation. Paying rich tributes to Pakistan’s military for its valour and sacrifices in defence of the motherland, the king praised the professionalism, quality of training and commitment of the armed forces, it stated. Earlier, King Hamad was presented a guard of honour by a smartly-turned-out contingent of the three services. The king expressed the desire for enhanced trade and investment, which would lead to tangible dividends for the progress and prosperity of the brotherly peoples of the two countries. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that Pakistan values its close ties with Bahrain and wishes to strengthen them in all fields, particularly cyber-crime, border security, civil defence and international crime. He said this while talking to Bahrain’s Minister for Interior Lt General Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, who met him on Wednesday. The minister said that both countries share common faiths, cultures and values which strengthen the bond between the two countries.Nisar invited his Bahraini counterpart to pay a longer visit to Pakistan at his convenience so that matters agreed upon in the MoU signed between the interior ministries of the two countries can be discussed in detail. 

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