In a rare remark, Saudi Arabia has said that the Taliban extremist movement was born in Pakistan.
“Pakistan itself is plagued with terrorism due to its close proximity with Afghanistan. The Taliban extremist movement was itself born in Pakistan,” said Abdullah Al-Sadoun, the chairman of the security committee of the Shoura Council, as quoted by the daily Saudi Gazette on Tuesday.
The report further said that the kingdom has deported 39,000 Pakistanis in the past four months for violating the rules of residence and work.
Citing sources, the paper suggested that the involvement of a number of Pakistanis in some terrorist actions orchestrated by Islamic State militant group as well as crimes of drug trafficking, thefts, forgery and physical assault prompted calls for thorough scrutiny of Pakistanis.
Pakistan has been accused of aiding insurgency in Afghanistan, however, Islamabad denies the allegations.
Pakistan maintains deep links with Riyadh and there are tens of thousands of Pakistani nationals living in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi official asked for closer coordination with Pakistan to thoroughly check those coming to work in the kingdom due to security issues.
Citing the interior ministry, the report said that 15 Pakistanis were nabbed following recent terror operations in Jeddah.