This deployment of the Pakistan Army to Saudi Arabia will carry out a training and advice mission. "Pak Army maintains bilateral security cooperation with many other GCC / regional countries".
Pakistan's retired army chief, General Raheel Sharif, commands the new Saudi-led Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism, though it was not immediately clear whether the new troops would participate in that coalition.
"The number of troops is not known but the disclosure that it will be less than a division [consisting 1,500 combat troops and 8,000 support elements] is an indication that nearly a full-fledged army division is being sent to the kingdom", he said.
There was no word on the size of the deployment.
He said the deliberately nuanced Foreign Office statements recently condemning the Houthi missile attacks as threat to the kingdom and holy mosques also seemed aimed at justifying sending Pakistani troops to actively engage the Yemenis in the conflict on the side of Saudis. Gen. Ghafoor stated it would be "much lesser than a division".
Bajwa earlier in February visited Saudi Arabia for three days and met officials including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Commander of Ground Forces Lt Gen Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz.
"These or troops already there will not be employed outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".
Senator Farhatullah Babar warned of "grave consequences" for Pakistan regarding the troop deployment to Saudi Arabia.
A resolution was unanimously passed at the Pakistani parliament in April 2015, stipulating that the Asian country had to stay neutral in the conflict in Yemen "so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis". However, Pakistan had refused to deploy soldiers.