A preliminary deal allowing the government to send personnel to Qatar in November for the FIFA World Cup 2022 has been passed by the cabinet of Pakistan. On Monday, Pakistan’s minister of information, Mariyum Aurangzeb, declared that the Cabinet had approved the agreement for sending personnel to Qatar for the grand event, which is planned to take place from November 21 to December 18. The Cabinet approved the deal after neither the foreign office nor the Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) opposed the Joint Staff Headquarters’ (JSHQ) proposal to sign the agreement.

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The Cabinet gave its approval moments before Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, traveled to Qatar for the first time at Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar’s invite.

Shehbaz spoke with the Qatari authorities extensively during his visit. The Prime Minister’s Secretariat said both countries review the full range of bilateral connections, emphasizing boosting energy-related collaboration, strengthening trade and business links, and seeking more career prospects for Pakistanis in Qatar. Along with the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister also went to “Stadium 974” in Doha, where he was informed of the tremendous preparations made by the Qatari authorities to organize the FIFA World Cup.

According to the cabinet report, Pakistan’s military had suggested forging a contract between the two countries for the aim of helping Qatar with security-related parts of the World Cup, which begins on November 20. “The agreement attempts to clarify the commitments of the two parties, the specific specializations, and the number of security personnel to be supplied by Pakistan to participate in the security and safety operations.”

Details of the contract, such as the number of personnel that could be dispatched, were not included in the report. When contacted by Al Jazeera, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Safety & Security Operations Committee (SSOC) did not respond right away.

Suleyman Soylu, the Turkish interior minister, stated in July that his nation will deploy 3,250 security staff to Qatar for the World Cup and that Ankara had also instructed Qatari security guards in advance of the event.

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The North Atlantic Alliance said, “As part of the strong cooperation between Qatar and NATO, NATO will help the security aspects of the World Cup.”

“The assistance will involve instruction regarding CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) material risks. Additionally, training will be provided to address threats presented by improvised explosive devices and to protect essential individuals.” 

According to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, Seoul will send five counterterrorism-trained police officers to Qatar so they can “transfer ‘technical expertise in the field of law enforcement, such as surveillance, close combat training, detain techniques, and establishing public order, to the Qatari military police.”

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