ISLAMABAD - 1671 army personnel are deployed in Saudi Arabia, Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan said in National Assembly his written reply.
He said that 912 personnel had been deployed under Saudi Ministry of Defence while 759 had been under the Ministry of Interior of the kingdom.
Of the 912 personnel, 742 belong to the army, eight from Navy and 62 from the air force. The Pakistani forces serving under the Saudi Ministry of Interior comprised of 653 from military, 56 from navy and 50 from the air force.
Other than Saudi Arabia , the Pakistani forces are serving in seven other countries as well, the reply said.
After Saudi Arabia, the second largest number of Pakistanis armed forces’ personnel is deployed in Qatar.
There is one army person in Australia, 15 in Bahrain, four in Brunei and six in Jordan.
As many as 63 are serving in Oman, 629 in Qatar, and 66 are deployed in the United Arab Emirates.
These personnel are on deputation under various memoranda of understanding and agreements with the respective countries. The defence minister clarified that no financial cost was borne by Pakistan on account of the deputations.
He said that presently, a total of 6,118 Pakistani troops had been deployed on the United Nation missions.