The government of Pakistan has formally permitted ex-army chief General Raheel Sharif (rtd.) to head Islamic military alliance.
Raheel Sharif’s assignment to lead Islamic military alliance has been an issue of controversy in the media and among the public. Islamic military alliance, a coalition fore, was formed on the 15th December, 2015. According to Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, the Saudi government sought a written permission from Pakistan, which was given,
It is a matter between the two governments and not an individual affair.
Saudi Arabia has further issued General Raheel Sharif and his wife three-year multiple visas. This possibly makes him the first Pakistani in a decade to have received such a facility in private capacity.
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During his appointment as the leader of Islamic military alliance, Sharif will reside in Riyadh. It is in Riyadh that the joint operation center for this alliance has been established. Evidently, Raheel Sharif will become the alliance’s founding Commander-in-Chief. Following is the list of original countries that are a part of the alliance:
Islamic Federal Republic of Comoros
Newer members include Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Oman. Prospective additional members to the Islamic military alliance include Azerbaijan, Indonesia and Tajikistan. The mandate of the alliance is to tackle “the Islamic world’s problem with terrorism and will be a partner in the worldwide fight against this scourge.”
Previously, Saudi Arabia requested Pakistan to send anywhere between 1,500 and 3,500 troops for strengthening the security along the Kingdom’s vulnerable southern border with Yemen in face of threats from ISIS and Houthi rebels. Pakistani troops will be positioned within the Saudi borders.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.