CBS News reports: “ISLAMABAD – Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif has reiterated that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity will evoke a response from Islamabad.
Sharif made the remarks Sunday in a statement after Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman called on him in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, adjacent to the capital…. The visits came after Saudi Arabia and several of its allies announced the severing or downgrading of diplomatic relations with Shiite powerhouse Iran….
Pakistan is the only Muslim country in the world known to have a nuclear arsenal, [officially] although it’s exact size and scope have never been publicly revealed.” Read the full article here.
Israel’s DEBKA news source makes it sound more extreme: “In Pakistan’s first transparent nuclear threat to Iran, its chief of army staff, Gen. Raheel Sharif, vowed Sunday to wipe Iran off the face of the earth if any harm came to Saudi Arabia. He gave this pledge to Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, who was on a visit to a military base in Rawalpindi.”
I wouldn’t count on Pakistan fulfilling that promise, despite Pakistan and Saudi Arabia being predominantly Sunni Muslim, while Iran is Shiite.
But the intense Pakistani war of words in defense of their Saudi allies is remarkable none the less.