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Pakistan Army contingent leaves for FIFA World Cup in Qatar

The contingent comprises junior commissioned officers and soldiers. FIFA World Cup is among the highly-anticipated sporting events in the world.

On Monday, a contingent of the Pakistan Army left for Qatar to provide security assistance to Qatar for FIFA World Cup starting in November.

Pakistan Army troops will join the security personnel appointed for FIFA World Cup 2022. The contingent comprises junior commissioned officers and soldiers. FIFA World Cup is among the highly-anticipated sporting events in the world. Qatar will be hosting the world cup from November 20th to December 18th.

Qatar is hosting the event for the first time. The country had asked for security assistance from the Pakistani government for the mega event. A four-member delegation from Qatar visited Pakistan in August to discuss the matter. Troops traveling to Qatar were trained on security by FIFA’s eight-member international training team during its visit in September. The federal cabinet had also approved the agreement between Pakistan Army and Qatar government for FIFA World Cup 2022.

The deal is touted as a major milestone for Pakistan and Pakistan Army. Details indicate that the Qatari government has asked Pakistan’s government for help with the security preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will start on November 20.

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It’s important to note that this will be the second World Cup held entirely in Asia, the first having been held in South Korea and Japan in 2002. This will also be the first FIFA World Cup to be held in the Arab world.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has reportedly asked Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to visit Qatar for two days to discuss several concerns.

Back in 2019, President Arif Alvi offered Qatar of providing security for the FIFA World Cup, stressing that the country had vast experience in that domain. The President urged the state of Qatar to enhance economic ties and defense relations with Pakistan. The president underscored that having vast experience in the domain of security and the professionalism of its armed forces, “Pakistan can provide Qatar security for Football World Cup 2022,” according to Radio Pakistan.