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Raheel Sharif to assume command of military alliance: Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former army chief, retired General Raheel Sharif, has been allowed by the government to assume command of a Saudi Arabia-led military alliance of 39 Muslim states. It was disclosed by Defence Minister Khwaja Asif during a private news TV programme. He said the government has agreed to give a no-objection certificate to the...

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 26, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 26, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

Pakistan's newly appointed army chief General Raheel Sharif attends the change of command ceremony in Rawalpindi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former army chief, retired General Raheel Sharif, has been allowed by the government to assume command of a Saudi Arabia-led military alliance of 39 Muslim states.

It was disclosed by Defence Minister Khwaja Asif during a private news TV programme.

He said the government has agreed to give a no-objection certificate to the former army chief to take up the coalition command after receiving a formal request from the Saudi government.

The minister said that official documentation in this regard had not been done but the government had agreed in principle.

The formation of the alliance was announced by Saudi Arabia in December 2015. The headquarters of the military alliance is located in Riyadh.

On January 11, Asif had told the Senate that Raheel Sharif would be required to seek a no-objection certificate from the government before accepting the position. – Samaa

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