Saudi-led military alliance likely to be headed by former Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif

Saudi-led military alliance likely to be headed by former Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif

COAS of Pakistan Raheel Shareef with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at General Headquarters Rawalpindi.

Islamabad: Saudi Arabia is likely to appoint the former Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif as a defense advisor, the alliance would consist of 33 Muslim countries and the main objective is to fight terrorism.

Gen. Raheel Sharif has retired recently and he was widely praised for his military operations against terrorist groups in Pakistan and most noticeably the Zarb-e-Azb operation. He also played a key role in the clean up operation against target killers and political assassinations in Karachi.

According to a local news channel he left for Saudi Arabia in a special plane sent by the government of Saudi Arabia, he was treated as a royal guest.

He arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday and a lavish reception has been arranged for his welcome, members of the Saudi royal family will also attend the reception.

It is expected that Gen. Raheel Sharif will get a contract for two years, he was offered to lead the Saudi-led coalition.

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef is behind the formation of this alliance and the headquarters of the military alliance known as the Joint Command Centre is located in Riyadh.

There were initially 34 members of the alliance but five more countries have joined the alliance, these countries include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia, Yemen, Tunisia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Sudan, Egypt and others.

General Raheel Sharif is scheduled to visit the Kabah to perform the Umrah, later he will meet the high officials of the Saudi government.

According to reports Gen. Raheel Sharif was approached by the Saudi Arabian government itself and he has been offered a more lucrative package than even the head of NATO forces.

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