Chief of the Army Staff of Pakistan General Raheel Shareef is being urged by member nations to head the 34-country coalition after retirement.
Not so long ago, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia came up with an initiative of forming a 34-country Islamic Military Alliance. While Pakistan was not taken into confidence before announcing to the world that Pakistan was a part of the alliance, the country fighting the hardest against terrorism joined the coalition. The official statement given during the announcement of IMA read,
The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations… [The coalition has] a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organizations whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on earth and aim to terrorize the innocent.
Chief of the Army Staff of Pakistan, General Raheel Shareef is due to retire in the near future and rumors suggest that he will not be extending his tenure. In wake of the fact, the 34-country alliance is pushing General Raheel Shareef to become the Commander-in-Chief of Islamic Military Alliance after his retirement. The news was revealed by US military and political sources.
Islamic Military Alliance is perhaps one of the more important decisions taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeing how its formation was announced by Saudi Defense Minister Muhammad Bin Salman in Riyadh, who could be the future king of the Kingdom. According to various sources, Pakistani military leadership, currently headed by General Raheel Shareef, had a neutral policy towards both Iran and Saudi Arabia (long-time rivals), and as such him leading the alliance will not bring any changes to the policies of Pakistani military.
Independent sources were unable to confirm the news however, it will be the most important decision General Raheel Shareef have had to make for Pakistan and the military, and perhaps the Islamic nations around the world. Let us know if you believe he is the right person to lead 34-country Islamic Military Alliance.
Current Member Nations
The latest coalition announced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia include the following countries:
Islamic Federal Republic of Comoros