Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pakistan’s JF-17 thunder squadron to welcome Saudi Crown Prince with airborne salute


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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]
Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman will arrive in Pakistan today, Foreign Office of Pakistan confirmed. The arrangements to receive Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to Pakistan are all set, and the government has decided to accord an ‘unmatched’ welcome to the visiting notable with JF-17 Thunder squadron as the Saudi delegation enters Pakistan’s airspace.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s top performer Sherdil Squadron, comprising the state of the art JF-17 Thunder aircrafts will give an airborne salute entering Pakistan’s airspace to the dignitaries and escort them to the airport capital city of Pakistan.

According to the protocol planned for the delegation, four planes will bring Mohammad bin Salman and his delegation to Islamabad for his first state-level visit to Pakistan.

As soon as the Saudi delegation touches down in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran will receive the guests at the airport. A 21-gun salute and a guard of honour will be presented to the crown prince when he arrives at the Prime Minister House.

As many as 130 royal guards will accompany the crown prince for his security, while, as a precursor to his visit, a 235-strong delegation of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), led by former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif is already in the country to review security arrangements for the royal visit.

According to the details received so far, investment agreements of $15-20 billion will be signed during Saudi delegation’s visit, which include an oil refinery, construction of hotels for promoting tourism in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, and several energy projects.


Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

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