The upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events this year. Naturally, the World event will require good quality security to fend off any negative outcomes.
While Qatar in itself is fully capable of securing the World Cup, Pakistan has offered a lending hand. Pakistan’s cabinet has approved a draft agreement that would allow the Pakistan army to provide troops for security at FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Express Tribune newspaper reported that the Joint Staff Headquarters (JSHQ) proposal for signing the agreement was given no objection by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
“The agreement contains modalities for the deployment of troops for security assistance during the FIFA World Cup 2022. The agreement aims to define the obligation of the two parties, the specific specialisations, and the number of security personnel to be sent by Pakistan to participate in the security and safety operations,” according to a statement.
The Prime Minister will visit the ‘Stadium 974’ where he will be briefed about extensive preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu has earlier agreed to send more than 3000 security personnel to Qatar for the upcoming World Cup. A good number of security officials were trained in the capital city of Ankara.
Along with Turkey, NATO has also agreed to provide security during the mega event.
“As part of the close cooperation between Qatar and NATO, the North Atlantic Alliance will provide support for the security aspects of the World Cup,” a statement from NATO read.
“The support will include training against threats posed by Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) materials. It will also include training for the protection of very important people (VIPs) and to counter threats posed by improvised explosive devices,” it said.
The FIFA World Cup is scheduled to start on 20th November 2022 with Qatar vs Ecuador being the curtain raiser for the mega event.