association and the economic facilitation. Saudi Arabia recently recruited 1,000 doctors and medical specialists from Islamabad and Lahore who will be assigned in various hospitals in the Kingdom. Joint military exercises between armies of two brotherly countries aim to enhance existing bilateral relations and to benefit from each others experience in counter terrorism operations. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to maintain and reinforce their relationship for peace and security in the region. Saudi Arabia showed great interests to purchase of Pakistani ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. And unlike the offer made by Beijing, all of Saudi Arabia's promised funding actually materialized. These reasons may be largely transactional, but the transaction has been a mutually beneficial one for nearly 40 years. This commentary originally appeared in Foreign Affairs on June 16, 2015, under the title Defining the Relationship: What Pakistan and Saudi Arabia Want from Each Other. PAF F-7 aircraft, Cobra Gunship Helicopters and MI-17 Helicopters were also used during the joint military exercises. Does China bail Pakistan out of economic hardship?
Despite decades of lavish funding to Pakistan, the Saudis might wonder what they are getting for their riyals. But the father of Pakistan's nuclear program,.Q. For example, it stood on the sidelines during the 1999 Kargil crisis. Oil and gas reservoirs are on the decline around the globe. Most recently, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari visited Saudi Arabia and met with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and thoroughly discussed on variety of bilateral and regional issues.
In addition to cash, Pakistan is hoping to boost its credibility in the Islamic world. It may also provide strategic-cushion and better bargaining position to all the GCC countries against its rivals in the region. Moreover, chalking out of common strategy against terrorism, extremism, human drugs trafficking and the last but not the least maritime piracy could be rigorously followed.