Riyadh starts lobbying for 34-nation alliance


ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia has decided to take opposition parties of allied countries into confidence over the grand alliance it has formed to fight terrorism.

Saudi authorities invited former president Asif Ali Zardari on a special request to Jeddah, and he arrived there with Senator Rehman Malik and family members. The PPP co-chairman will hold important meetings with Saudi officials following which he will perform Umrah. Saudi officials are working to take allied countries onboard to fight against the terror threats facing the Muslim countries. Pakistan on Thursday confirmed joining Saudi Arabia’s 34-nation coalition against terrorism, however it said the extent of participation in counter-terrorism activities was yet to be decided.