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Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Friday confirmed the recent development that former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif was made the chief of 39-nation Islamic military coalition formed to combat terrorism.

Speaking during a talk show at Geo TV, Asif admitted that an agreement in this regard was finalised few days back; however, the defence minister said he didn’t have much information at the moment about the details of the said agreement.

Asif said that the decision to appoint Gen (retd) Raheel, who retired in November 2016, was taken after taking the incumbent government into confidence.

"No, definitely our government's consent must have been part of this," he replied when asked if the decision was taken in Riyadh or Islamabad.

When asked whether General Headquarters (GHQ) must also have okayed the decision, Asif replied, "There is a set procedure for clearance," adding that such a move "definitely" cannot take place without following this procedure.

He was, however, unaware of the exact details.

“As you are aware that this thing was in the pipeline for quite some time and the prime minister was also part of the deliberations,” Asif said.

He was of the opinion that formation of such an alliance is a good step, as the “Muslim Ummah is in a spot of bother right now and needs unity among its ranks”.

The headquarters of the Saudi-led coalition would be based in Riyadh.

Also read: Pakistan will not participate in conflict that divides Muslim Ummah: Khawaja Asif

Pakistan had initially found itself in the crosshairs of Middle Eastern politics as Saudi Arabia named it as part of its newly formed military alliance of Muslim countries meant to combat terrorism, without first getting its consent.

However, after initial ambiguity, the government had confirmed its participation in the alliance, but had said that the scope of its participation would be defined after Riyadh shared the details of the coalition it was assembling.

The coalition was envisaged to serve as a platform for security cooperation, including provision of training, equipment and troops, and involvement of religious scholars for dealing with extremism.

The Saudi government had surprised many countries by announcing that it had forged a coalition for coordinating and supporting military operations against terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.

Iran, Saudi Arabia's archrival for influence in the Arab world, was absent from the states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional powers rage from Syria to Yemen.

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asif Jan 06, 2017 08:56pm

I am not surprised at all.

Sarwar, USA. Jan 06, 2017 08:57pm

Congratulations Gen Raheel Sharif. You were the best choice for chief of 39-nation Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism.

Noshin Bashir Jan 06, 2017 08:57pm

nice

Kalim Swat Jan 06, 2017 08:56pm

the 39 member countries should also take OIC into confidence in any such developments.

Teuvo Jan 06, 2017 09:03pm

@asif ..u r right, me too....

Yameez Jan 06, 2017 09:03pm

That's not good as the objectives of that "alliance" are not right as it is intended to divide the umma (if it exists anywhere) beside to project the kingdoms and sheikhdoms using religious pretext. NO - just don't like this development.

Arslan Jan 06, 2017 08:59pm

“it was finalised here first” ... yes, good attempt to take credit for it

Falcon1 Jan 06, 2017 09:02pm

Excellent! Congratulations to Gen. Raheel. Proud of moments like these!

Muhammad Jan 06, 2017 09:06pm

I hope this 39 nation coalition takes along every Muslim nation regardless of the sect. Otherwise it might prove to be counterproductive.

RIZ Jan 06, 2017 09:09pm

It was expected but I really don't want to see him working on Saudi Arabia agenda. Hopefully he will work for everyone not for specifics.

TBH Jan 06, 2017 09:07pm

Will this alliance be as powerful and effective as OIC

Nadir baloch Jan 06, 2017 09:07pm

Congratulation Raheel Sharif and Nawaz Sharif partenership will be written in golden words in history of Pakistan.Iran must be included in this grand allience .Iranian has great trust on Raheel Sharif.May our hero eliminate cruelty and oppression in entire world and live long!

Princess_of_DHUMP Jan 06, 2017 09:10pm

This might have serious implications for Pakistan i.e. its former Army Chief heading what practically is an Anti-Iran/Syria alliance. Have we done nothing from our years of interference in Afghanistan which have brought us nothing but bloodshed?

Waseem a. minhas Jan 06, 2017 09:07pm

The formation of such an alliance is a good step but this must not disturb the regional standing of Pakistan, especially its relations with Iran.

Fareed N (USA) Jan 06, 2017 09:10pm

“Muslim Ummah is in a spot of bother right now and needs unity among its ranks ". When everything else fails, invoke the name of ' Ummah'. Use it selectively, When Palestinians are being brutalized by Israel, when thousand of Syrians perished in the civil war Ummah is conveniently quiet and asleep , it wakes up when royals of El Saud desire so.

Ali Jan 06, 2017 09:10pm

General Raheel Sharif's appointment as the Chief of Islamic Military Alliance of 39 nations to combat terrorism is great news for the world. He had served with great distinction as the Pakistan Army Chief who boldly confronted terrorism in the region. He earned the respect and admiration of the world. This should have been done much earlier as terrorism has devastated Muslim countries.

Adnan AziZ Jan 06, 2017 09:11pm

This Alliance is not going to achieve anything other than causing further divisions within the Muslim world. What would Gen Raheel do here?

rashid nasim Jan 06, 2017 09:14pm

May God help Raheel Sahrif bring all these and other Muslim nations together in fighting the bad guys. I wish him best of luck.

saber Jan 06, 2017 09:14pm

A pride of nation goes Royal.

Khanm Jan 06, 2017 09:17pm

Are our retired army officers for hire..By law it should be defined who else can hire them..Are we opening up a Pandora box so some of the Islamic may not like this act ..It raises my eye brrows..Lots of question going thru my mind..Today's decision of our x aramy could have serious implication with tomorrow with our so called Islamic world...

Justice Jan 06, 2017 09:17pm

@Nadir baloch... no need to credit Nawaz Govt. It was Gen Raheel Sharif's own dedication, hard work and strict training which has credited him this respect.

Mahmood Jan 06, 2017 09:16pm

The details of this so-called 'alliance' have yet to be revealed, and yet people are already questioning its purpose or doubting its role in the ummah, and grumbling about the division between shiat/sunnis???

There are almost 50 predominantly Muslim nations in the world. Save for small nations like Brunei or Mauritania, I am sure the 39-members in this alliance include major Muslim nations - like Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, Saudis, Jordan, Egypt etc.. So to jump to conclusions about divisions within the ummah before the ink has dried on this agreement - somewhere in the annals of power - lets not be hasty.

Welcome the initiative and hope it leads to an improved image of Muslim nations and subsides the suspicions of the West. They asked us to do more. We are doing it.

Syed AbbasS Jan 06, 2017 09:22pm

He and namaz Sharif loose their credibility by joining them. These Arabs kings only want to save their rule at any cost.

Zahid Malik Jan 06, 2017 09:19pm

He has lost my respect at least. This is Saudi lead coalition that has committed atrocities in Yemen and Syria and now infringing in Bahrain as well(According to UN and other Independent Reports). Raheel Sharif would have well served if he hasn't accepted this. Not good.

IMran Jan 06, 2017 09:22pm

Bad move. It's a very controversial alliance. I am very disappointed personally.

fARHAN Jan 06, 2017 09:26pm

I am afraid this step of Raheel sharif would drag him to the state of villain from hero.

AMJAD KHAN Jan 06, 2017 09:24pm

Contrary to its appearance let us not fool ourselves there is no Muslim Ummah.There are different groups of Muslims with different interests and the biggest dividing group is the Saudi Royals.This is an open secret even publicly stated by the coming US President that US gets paid protection money for keeping the Saudi Royal family in power.Appointment of Raheel Shareef adds another layer of protection for the Saudi Royal family.Most of the countries in this group are nothing but banana republics.

Khanm Jan 06, 2017 09:27pm

@IMran in every equation money plays a vital role not what is right and wrong...

Jamil Jan 06, 2017 09:28pm

This is a great move as it will help millions of Pakiatanis living in GCC and their future will be somewhat secured. Hope he will be able to windup the war as Syria is back to Asad regime and Yemen needs to cool down.

NHM Jan 06, 2017 09:32pm

The alliance will be another OIC, can anyone in his right might imagine that they can react against the aggressor in the case of Palestine...no way

Yawar Jan 06, 2017 09:29pm

@PrincessofDHUMP Its neither anti Iran nor anti Syria. Iran's clerical regime and Asad do not represent the people of these countries.So please avoid causing sectarian divisions

Alba Jan 06, 2017 09:31pm

@Muhammad ... If "the ummah" does not include every sect of Islam including Iran and the Shiites there is no ummah. That's simple enough.

Shahid Naeem Jan 06, 2017 09:31pm

We should clean up our own house first and normalize realations with our neighbors, including Iran, before becoming part of any military alliance. What did we gain by being part of CEATO and CENTO in the past?

jafar Abbas Jan 06, 2017 09:35pm

Surprising. We never expected Gen. Raheel Sharif to involve in dirty politics of Arab countries under guide specific guide lines from K.S.A.

Aziz Jan 06, 2017 09:33pm

Waiting to see this news on international/ western media and comments.

concerned Jan 06, 2017 09:33pm

need to include iran in the coalition, otherwise its pointless

malik Jan 06, 2017 09:35pm

What a Joke. !

Khan Jan 06, 2017 09:43pm

This is a personal matter, and as a policy , Pakistan government and establishment should not involve itself by any means in any politics which affect our relations with Syria and Iran. Knowing that Syria and Iran are close allies of Russia and we are trying to establish ties with Russia. Lets see how they will see this development? Its not a good move in my opinion by General. There are lot of differences and conflict of Interests within Arab world. Many of them are looking and move on American signal.

Shahid Jan 06, 2017 09:40pm

Great Decision for Excellent force to counter the intention and actions of enemies..

M. Malik Jan 06, 2017 09:45pm

@Yameez "That's not good as the objectives of that "alliance" are not right as it is intended to divide the umma "

Just how do you know that? Is that pure speculation or do you know it for a fact?? No one has even seen any details of it published anywhere, and you seem to suggest "it is intended"?? Were you present in the room when this alliance was negotiated?

Such irresponsible comments cause hysteria and people are already casting doubt before the alliance takes shape!~ Shameful ignorance!

RAK Jan 06, 2017 09:47pm

a very happy news indeed for the Ummah

kaleem Jan 06, 2017 09:52pm

some say 34 nations and You say 37. Which figure is correct.

Sauron Jan 06, 2017 09:54pm

Hardly an achievement. If you are a moderately intelligent person in a class full of retards, of course you will come first. :)

Princess_of_DHUMP Jan 06, 2017 09:53pm

@Yawar And who are you & I to decide that? They are legitimate governments recognised by the international community having a seat in the United Nations. FULL STOP

Syed Jan 06, 2017 09:59pm

This is not good. Tomorrow if someone appoint Musharraf as a head of something will we be ok?

aman Jan 06, 2017 10:04pm

i am very happy for The Ummah, Ummah is lucky to have him as its chief.

Andy Jan 06, 2017 10:00pm

Is there any islamic coaliation on accepting serian Refugees?

Rashid Jan 06, 2017 10:04pm

@Khanm Very good point, army generals should not allowed to hire by some other coalitions and countries, it will set a wrong precedence as well as conflict of interest.

Princess_of_DHUMP Jan 06, 2017 10:05pm

That famous ISPR tweet is now making sense!

salman Jan 06, 2017 10:06pm

Beware of the Saudis. They may take this opportunity to further spread the extremism and fundamentalism that has been cultivated by them.

An Admirer Jan 06, 2017 10:06pm

Responsibilities lies the head wear the crown. Best wishes & Be Proud of Muslim Ummah, General Sahab!

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Jan 06, 2017 10:05pm

Honest soldier and a hero to us. I hope he brings OIC together through his military leadership skills. God Bless Gen RS. Thank you for your leadership and bringing peace in Pakistan. Love Gen (R) Raheel Sharif Salute! Pakistan Fauj Zindabad, Pakistan Paindabad!

S. A. M. Jan 06, 2017 10:07pm

gen raheel worked really hard on his resume that's why he got such a good job. time for gen bajwa to follow gen raheem's footsteps as he has left behind a great legacy.

Indian muSLIM Jan 06, 2017 10:08pm

Modi must be super embarrassed of himself at this very point.

sami ullah Jan 06, 2017 10:13pm

salut sir RAHEEL Proud of you as pakistani.....!!!

sami ullah Jan 06, 2017 10:17pm

salut sir RAHEEL Proud of you as pakistani.....!!!

Yawar Jan 06, 2017 10:18pm

Time will prove that he has taken a wrong decision that will lead him to ZERO from HERO.

Fazal Karim Jan 06, 2017 10:26pm

Good for our labour in the Middle East

Zak Jan 06, 2017 10:26pm

Congratulations General Raheel. It's an honour that 39 nations have chosen you. Please be a firm hand and do not let political influences from Middle East lead you into war , anywhere. You will be the guiding light for them all. You will also be best Spokesperson on behalf of kashmiris under foreign indian ocvupation.

Shaffiq Jan 06, 2017 10:32pm

This is a bad mistake. The Arabs will use him for their own political purposes. And will destroy his reputation.

SP Jan 06, 2017 10:41pm

Proud day for Pakistanis and its famous Army. Great role for a great General.

Dr V P Joshi Jan 06, 2017 10:41pm

V.impartial newspaper

Tariq, Lahore Jan 06, 2017 10:49pm

Iran should be on board, otherwise this spells divisive!

Usamaz Jan 06, 2017 10:51pm

Well !! the first thing we expect from General Raheel is to add Iran to the alliance. It should be a platform bringing the ummah together not alienating anyone.

Pakistani Jan 06, 2017 10:53pm

He was/is a great man.

Vijay B Jan 06, 2017 11:14pm

@Shahid Naeem It was SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) not CEATO.

Rahat Jan 06, 2017 11:15pm

@malik How is it a joke?

RF Jan 06, 2017 11:18pm

Great! But any commander is only as effective as the fighting force! And the less said about the "fighting" capability of this particular force, the better

Gul Jan 06, 2017 11:25pm

Is there any real Impact of O.I. C ?

Muzaffar Ali Jan 06, 2017 11:35pm

Sad day!

Muzaffar Ali Jan 06, 2017 11:36pm

@Yameez Agree with your analysis.....

Muzaffar Ali Jan 06, 2017 11:41pm

@Fareed N (USA) Wishfull thinking on your part.

Bystander Jan 06, 2017 11:38pm

@Fareed N (USA) Thank you for expressing sentiments of the nation (Pakistan).

Houlbelat Jan 06, 2017 11:41pm

Although the exact role of the alliance still not known, with Gen. (R) Raheel sharif holding the reins, we should take it being in good and highly professional hands well enshrined in the patriotism of his homeland.

Bystander Jan 06, 2017 11:46pm

Gen. Raheel should interfare in Syaria and save innocent people dying between West and East.

hanif Jan 06, 2017 11:50pm

Oh that's why he is not available for second term, I get it

Javed Jan 06, 2017 11:58pm

Long Live Islamic Military Alliance. May you grow from strength to strength. And may the nefarious designs of opposing forces already scheming against you come to not. All those in favor reply, Ameen.

Moeed Ali Jan 06, 2017 11:55pm

This is best news, no body is better qualified to fight Islamic terrorism than General Raheel Sharif.

We are all proud of you!

Observer Jan 06, 2017 11:59pm

That's why we need a system of civil government. To make such decisions through government functions, and let people decide their path. And no one can simply the pick positions of their liking.

Badar Mulla Jan 06, 2017 11:59pm

Is this another CPEC like story for the consumption of locals?

Chaudhry Jan 06, 2017 11:59pm

Excellent Gen Raheel Sharif Saheb deserves this .

ashar Jan 07, 2017 12:02am

Sometimes you are paid for doing nothing at a time when you could do everything

irfan Jan 07, 2017 12:06am

@asif Thanks God.

Alethia Jan 07, 2017 12:10am

General Raheel is a true hero an I greatly admire him.

But this coalition also needs the participation of Iran, Iraq and Syria. Then the Ummah will be properly represented and poised to effectively fight terrorism.

I have faith that General Raheel will add those nations to the grouping...

Asif Sayyed Jan 07, 2017 12:16am

There is no such alliance exists in the first place! Is this for the non-existing alliance?

syedghulamabbasshah Jan 07, 2017 12:22am

why a respected brave Pk General joined the radicals very saddened,it's consequences effect our unity badly ?What if retired General s joins Iran ,Syria Yemen &most restive Bahrain? ?Bad omen for Pk.

NHa Jan 07, 2017 12:32am

Congratulations. Gen Raheel has made us proud. Well done PM Nawaz Sharif.

ghaznavi Jan 07, 2017 12:36am

He has made a big mistake by accepting a ceremonial post.

Muzaffar Ali Jan 07, 2017 12:36am

What a Joke! So true.....Mr Malik

Muzaffar Ali Jan 07, 2017 12:38am

@jafar Abbas Somehow I saw it coming.....Sad day though very sad....

Muzaffar Ali Jan 07, 2017 12:41am

@Syed AbbasS True true true.

Roz Jan 07, 2017 12:48am

so it begain

Ilias from NL Jan 07, 2017 12:47am

I believe on you dear Mr. Raheel as the rest of nation too !

ADNAN MAZHER khan Jan 07, 2017 12:47am

Wrong move by the retired General. I am not amused.

Najam Jan 07, 2017 01:02am

Not a good move.

xnain Jan 07, 2017 01:04am

@concerned What if they don't want to be part of it?

Ahsan alizai Jan 07, 2017 01:36am

delighted. Gen. Raheel comes from a family of warriors and is the best choice. Well done Sir.
Its also an honour for me as his brother Shabbir Shaheed was a dear friend of mine. Great choice.

AA Jan 07, 2017 01:38am

So much intrestnig this news , the art and bueaty !! what a way.

Mohammad Jan 07, 2017 01:43am

Not a good decision !!!

Abbas Jan 07, 2017 01:53am

After Afghanistan another adventure is needed to keep rolling money into the pockets of higher ups....

Rao Umair Jan 07, 2017 02:27am

Genral Raheel Sharef zindabad. Pakistan zindabad.

Friend of khalistan Jan 07, 2017 02:38am

A Huge honour and a testament to the professionalism of the Pakistani Military and the fine caliber of the officers/gentleman it produces.

xyz Jan 07, 2017 03:14am

@Justice good.

xyz Jan 07, 2017 03:27am

Though,being head military alliance of 39 countries is a huge achievement, butit brings lot of responsibilities as well.

changez khan Jan 07, 2017 03:28am

We are proud of our Pak Armed Forces and it's Commanders.

Irfan Jan 07, 2017 03:25am

Out nation has created many great people, but we as a nation never give them chance to do betterment of our country.

Retired Jan 07, 2017 03:26am

So he did not apply for extension. Really?

A patriotic national Jan 07, 2017 03:31am

Salam - true recognition of a Professional Mujahid. Being a Pakistani feel proud of such recognition of our Country Men. It is over and above all the Politics which being played in Parliament, out Parliament and at the Courts. Please take a minute to ponder on this General's calm and composed achievement for Pakistan. He was focused on his job, and NOT on dirty politics!

Khwarezmi Jan 07, 2017 03:48am

General Raheel Sharif is 100% pure professional soldier and leader. I am sure he will make a postive impact in his new position with all his experiance in fighting terrorism.

Fida Khan Jan 07, 2017 03:51am

This is a great development and the man like Gen (red) Raheel Sharif is proud enough with his career and experiences with foiling terrorism will help the eradication of terrorism from around all the possible axis of evil.

jalaluddin s. hussain Jan 07, 2017 04:07am

It is simply regretful!

Thought Jan 07, 2017 04:23am

We all know General very well, may be he joinned them to save Muslim world?

Lets hope for good, respect and love for Raheel Sharif.

Malik Elyas Jan 07, 2017 04:29am

Thats great

MJ Khan Jan 07, 2017 04:34am

@Muhammad It only has gulf & african countries as members. Middle East & Indonesia aren't included.

nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Jan 07, 2017 04:45am

Nice job & benefits. Reminds me of the gift to Parvez Musharaf from King Abdullah of SA, lifetime living expenses from KSA. I wonder what did they do for the king or kings.

Sami Jan 07, 2017 05:10am

I am sorry, but I just don't trust the Saudis!

Fareed n Jan 07, 2017 05:28am

It is essentially a conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia both countries on the opposite sides of political spectrum. Iran supporting Shias, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supporting all those who oppose Iran. Then you have ISIS that is fighting both. I was wondering if our ex COAS Gen.Raheel Sharif made a wise decision when he accepted this assignment.

mo Jan 07, 2017 05:32am

Anything that is being led by Saudi cannot be trusted. This is horrible news and I am genuinely heartbroken that such a great Pak soldier will be taking orders from the Saudi leaders who are doing nothing to eradicate extremism but breeding extremism. This is an Anti Iran/ Anti Shia alliance that Saudi is creating, nothing more. No wonder Raheel Sharif did not take an extension.

Mushtaq Jan 07, 2017 05:39am

General just got retirement and he no gardening period, anyway very Bad Move

vorshal Jan 07, 2017 05:40am

@Ali -- No wonder he wanted to retire on time!

Muzaffar Ali Jan 07, 2017 06:10am

"Full of sound and fury signifying nothing!"

Muzaffar Ali Jan 07, 2017 06:11am

@PrincessofDHUMP Excellent comment sir.....brilliant.

sk Jan 07, 2017 06:42am

The decision is more of political in nature. This would bring Pakistan closer with KSA & allies & move away from Iran, the neighboring state. Moreover, the decision of KSA King & administration is binding on this force alongwith Chief. India is benefited with more closer ties with Iran & Afghanistan militarily as well as commercially. At the same time KSA & UAE would also be associated more closely with India due to large volume of business & US support.

Zaq Jan 07, 2017 06:52am

That's how he ran our army in the favour of this alliance

S A Ahmad Jan 07, 2017 07:06am

The Islamic world will benefit from the experience and ability of Gen. Raheel Sharif against terrorism.This would be a good decision.

Masood Jan Jan 07, 2017 07:10am

What is the purpose of this alliance? To resolve arm conflicts between Muslim states or to protect them? Neither is likely to work.

Masood Jan Jan 07, 2017 07:12am

@Adnan AziZ So true.

Adeeb Jan 07, 2017 07:13am

I hope he should work towards bringing the difference between Shias and Sunnis.

M. Jan Jan 07, 2017 07:13am

Extremely disappointing to see one of the best soldier of Pakistan been lured by the Saudi royals to lead an organization that has little to do with counter terrorism and more with politics and safeguarding the regime's interests.

Desi Dimag Jan 07, 2017 07:17am

Who they are going to fight with?

Haider Jan 07, 2017 07:20am

Great news!

Guest101 Jan 07, 2017 07:27am

The a General has the right to choose whatever he decides to do. It is a good decision on his part.

MSAlvi Jan 07, 2017 07:24am

Is this coalition really organized to be effective? is there any agenda or goal? How will this be financed?

MAsood Jan 07, 2017 07:59am

@Yawar

Just like Musharaf, in my opinion

javed Jan 07, 2017 08:16am

Long live Islamic Military Alliance. May you move from strength to strength. And may the nefarious designs of your distractors come to not. All those in favor reply with Ameen.

t chaudhry Jan 07, 2017 08:17am

I thought there was a two year wait before a army officer can apply for a job. Still not good idea for a person with so much confidential information working for a foreign country.

Umair Jan 07, 2017 08:27am

There is no Ummah, only the political interests.

Samina Jan 07, 2017 08:52am

Not a good move. Saudi kings are least interested in the well being of Ummah. We know well what the coalition is all about. Gen Raheel should had spared himself instead of involving in this nonsensical conflict between KSA and Iran. Nothing good will come out.

Pawan Bahuguna Jan 07, 2017 08:53am

@Fareed N (USA) yep atleast you understand

jalil yousaf Jan 07, 2017 08:56am

When we see the events happening in the muslim world, there is no such thing as Ummah, it only exists in books and not in practice. Secondly, these 39 countries should take care of all the Muslim refugees have escaped and trying to escape to Europe. This alliance is going to make more enemies for our country. I dont believe Pakistan government or even military was consulted. We are never consulted. We are ordered by those who feed us.

Bashiran Bibi Jan 07, 2017 09:01am

I need some help in defining a mercenary.

nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Jan 07, 2017 09:16am

Raheel Sharif should not be allowed to take this job. This a conpiracy to distance or to create a rift between Iran & Pakistan, Iran not being the member of the alliance.

Nawaz jafri Jan 07, 2017 09:25am

shameful act..one in UAE n now ONE hero goes to KSA One day we all shall curse this decision which our Defence Minister is not aware about details

Nawaz jafri Jan 07, 2017 09:25am

@Khanm yes I also endorse

Mustafa R. Jan 07, 2017 09:36am

@Shahid Naeem;

'CEATO and CENTO in the past?'

It is SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organization).

Qaiser Jan 07, 2017 09:38am

There is a clause of "Restrictive Covenant" in every cooperative settings. A restrictive covenant is typically a clause in a contract which prohibits an employee from competing with his ex-employer for a certain period after the employee has left the business, or prevents the ex-employee from soliciting or dealing with customers of the business by using knowledge of those customers gained during his prior employment. Is Raheel Shariff not bother to safe guard Pakistan's secrets.

Last Word Jan 07, 2017 10:24am

No wonder, the General did not seek extension from the govt.

Umair Jan 07, 2017 11:05am

Raheel Shareef .. you're proud of Pakistan ..

shaheen pirzada Jan 07, 2017 11:11am

@Yameez Totally agree with you. He just took up a job with Saudi Royalty, not right.

yousaf Jan 07, 2017 11:25am

It is a pride for the country.

Kryptonite Jan 07, 2017 11:53am

@Fareed N (USA) Spot on. Couldn't have said it better.

zubeen Jan 07, 2017 11:59am

very good , good initiative by Pak & Arab counties.

Riaz Jan 07, 2017 12:21pm

Arabs have never supported Kashmir cause in the past. This is evident from OIC. Gen.Raheel Sharif should use his good offices to pressure India for amicable resolution of Kashmir. People of sub continent have suffered enough in last 70 years.

Bravo Jan 07, 2017 12:50pm

It is right for everyone to earn bread and butter from anywhere. Raheel Sharif opted Saudia for his livelihood and one should not be apprehensive after all he is a professional soldier. We thought he would topple Nawaz Sharif to mend the system in Pakistan but a sensible person does not want to put hand in sluggish system.

a&a Jan 07, 2017 12:52pm

Alliance of what 39 Islamic Nations??

Himanshu Jan 07, 2017 12:56pm

Its only the Arab countries oil rich economy which is driving such moves and I don't see any future of such moves in next 100 years of time frame considering oil reserves will not last for more than 50 years from now.

Aasia Jan 07, 2017 12:57pm

Gen raheel shareef is best choice for this alliance.

IMran Jan 07, 2017 01:09pm

@Qaiser why you didn't raise voice on Lt. Gen. Janjua's appointment? He had joined govt as security / defense adviser immediately after retirement and doing great work in Baluchistan. The best man should be selected for any job and that's the case.

Nouman Qazi Jan 07, 2017 01:51pm

@TBH Hopefully OIC will become more productive after this coalition. Time has come we Muslims should be united now.

Foreman Jan 07, 2017 01:58pm

Nawaz and Raheel both openers were destined to carry the bat, however a good partnership never gave out the fixing of the tournament at any stage.

CAptain akhtar zaman(r) Jan 07, 2017 02:13pm

This in not good omen.Pakistan is being dragged by US & King of Saudi Arabia to further their aims&objective.Pakistan being the only Muslim country with Nuclear Power needs to remain NEUTRAL in the internal & external conflicts of Muslims countries and should not become party /a tool. Pakistan needs to make more friends specially in the immediate neighborhood and across the globe. General Raheel Shareef in his individual capacity has all the rights to head any organization abroad BUT is should reflects the Policy/Decision of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Irfan uk Jan 07, 2017 02:57pm

Please make SURE that this membership is used to unite the Muslims and not to divide. Iran and Saudis must be put together and told to participate as partners. And one more thing Saudis, Iran and UAE must be told to keep well away from supporting our religious sectors in Pakistan because that fuels sectarianism in our country.

Abdul wahab Jan 07, 2017 03:13pm

Bestest choise made proud of you sir

Abdul wahab Jan 07, 2017 03:13pm

Bestest choise made proud of you sir

boo Ali Jan 07, 2017 03:16pm

This so called alliance will cause further divisions in ummah.

Imran AB Jan 07, 2017 03:42pm

Need the clarity of his role and the purpose / direction of the 39 nation force ...... I hope he has taken up a neutral and a position of honour and not a 'Yes man' sort of role......

Hasmukh dave Jan 07, 2017 03:52pm

Will Rahil Sharif be part of war against Yemen ?

Humanity Jan 07, 2017 05:14pm

It would good to not to take Sides and stoke further sectarian differences which is on strife in Middle east and more than a million innocents Muslims dying due to mindless civil wars and proxy wars fought between IRAN and Saudi. how about Indonesia and India (200 Million Muslims). Will they also be part of this alliance. Even US is afraid to get into middle east conflicts not sure why Pakistan is getting into this never ending middle east conflicts.

AA Jan 07, 2017 05:19pm

RIP dignity

Huma Jan 07, 2017 05:26pm

Its amazing we still love general Raheel sharif ♡

NHA Jan 07, 2017 05:43pm

Just look at its geological significant and emerging center of gravity. It is certainly not against Shias or Iran or any other country. Neither Pakistan not Gen Raheel is naive to get sucked into any trouble.

Ali mohsin Jan 07, 2017 05:43pm

This is Def not good.it is anti shia alliance.

S. A. M. Jan 07, 2017 05:58pm

@Zak stop being over reactive and over joyed. seeing your comments one really think of a person having blind faith in something that doesn't deserve it.

Syed abbas Jan 07, 2017 06:05pm

Gen Sharif shouldn't accept this controversial position,

Mehtab Jan 07, 2017 06:16pm

Bad decision......your reputation will be harmed, Raheel Sharif.

Farooq Jan 07, 2017 06:31pm

It's all coming together , slowly but steadily

ali Jan 07, 2017 06:35pm

What a joke

bishan Jan 07, 2017 06:42pm

Well-deserved appointment for Gen. Sharief, and was obviously in the offing since before his retirement; that's why he did not want extension.

PAKISTANI Jan 07, 2017 07:07pm

@Yameez, This alliance requires some adjustment but unfortunately other side is worst for ummah also, see what is happening in Syria, especially Halab. Depending which side you are supporting, you know what I mean.

syed zafar kazmI U.S Jan 07, 2017 07:22pm

@Samina On the contrary it is a recipe for disaster since Saudi Arabia is the one who formed & funded not only ISIS but many other terrorist organizations active in Pakistan

Habib A. Zuberi Jan 07, 2017 07:23pm

Making General Sharief Chief of Military alliance is one of the greatest mistakes now made by Pakistan. Gen. Sharief has a distinguished military career. He should remain loyal only to Pakistan's military needs...otherwise you know: One who pays the piper calls the tune. S. Arabia is incapable of providing any leadership in this area. Just stay out of all Middle Eastern conflicts if you wish to maintain your independence.

Stephen Jan 07, 2017 07:24pm

KSA failed to achieve any goal in Middle East region and used Islam for politics. That is why KSA became notorious world wide. Now this is his new game to play.

Where is Iran, Syria, and Yemen in this alliance, either KSA is with terrorists or with legitimate governments? Why the head quarter of this alliance is not in Iran or in Pakistan?

Nasir S. Jan 07, 2017 07:28pm

Guess we have not learnt from our past. I wonder how many pakistani lives this will cost.

Mehtab Jan 07, 2017 07:53pm

@Irfan uk This alliance is not for unity its a rather plot to foment chaos in Islamic world. Do they Arabs ever dare to make an alliance in favour of oppressed Palestinians, I doubt.

Sherazi Jan 07, 2017 07:52pm

Haaa! So much "Moody's" isolation!!!

Iftikhar Jan 07, 2017 07:59pm

Gen. Raheel will lose goodwill fast if his appointment in anyway involves fighting Houthii's in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has already carried out enough atrocities against civilians in that country.

Fawzia H Jan 07, 2017 08:14pm

I hope that he doesn't involve Pakistani troops in Arab conflicts.

Agha Ata Jan 07, 2017 08:29pm

Isn't it too early to make this announcement?

Aziz rakla Jan 07, 2017 08:46pm

May God help Gen. Raheel, to use his sincerity and skills to unite Uslamic Umma once and for all and being Iran in coalition also.

Let us pray he use his power he can use to unite all Muslims and stop killing and fighting between each other.

Booza Jan 07, 2017 08:49pm

Congratulations

Sam Jan 07, 2017 08:49pm

Sounds like a powerful position on paper with very little authority. Not a great choice for someone who held an independent top position in Pakistan.

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad Jan 07, 2017 09:04pm

Wonderful, inspirational and fantastic.

Khan Jan 07, 2017 09:14pm

Rich Arabs are using poor Pakistanis for their own purpose.

Gowalmandia Jan 07, 2017 09:17pm

It is incomplete. Iran is not part of it. How can it be Islamic alliance.

Ali Jan 07, 2017 09:42pm

Sad.....disappointing indeed.

Anwar Mahmood Jan 07, 2017 10:43pm

There are 30 countries and every country will have its turn for such post.Pakistan being a big population country among got its turn early enough. Others will follow as well.

Nothing very surprising and I wish that the membership is extended to Iran, Syria and Iraq as well.

WhatsMyName Jan 07, 2017 10:49pm

@Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad "Wonderful, inspirational and fantastic."

Pathetic, Disgusting and Deplorable

Syed Kamal Rashid Jan 07, 2017 11:08pm

Congrats General Raheel Sharif. Let us think positive and wherever RS is involved things always go right !!!!

Syed Jan 07, 2017 11:53pm

The Alliance has ambiguous participation and objectives. It may end up dividing Muslims or even leading a broader conflict among Ummah.

shawn Jan 08, 2017 02:25am

@Mahmood other countries have small militaries..... Indonesia will probably be part of it and may be even malaysia.

Fida Khan Jan 08, 2017 02:29am

@Kalim Swat All included in the very regional organization and each need help to keep save from terrorism.

syed Jan 08, 2017 02:29am

@Ali this will be source of problem for Pakistan because this alliance is against Iran and other shia states in the region. Gen. Raheel Shareef should have not accepted this till Iran has become part of this alliance.

Counterpoint Jan 08, 2017 03:03am

Going by the past history, General Zia ordered killing of 1000's of Palestinians in Jordan. This alliance is to go after Iran/Syria & bring Yemen & Jordan under Saudi control.

Pathanoo Jan 08, 2017 03:10am

I guess CONGRATULAATIONS are in the offing, General. So, CONGRATULATIONS on a ceremonial position. But, Sir, the Joke is on you. Where is the Army to fight the terrorists? What's the plan? Where is the authorization? Where is the money to fight? Where would you be located? Who or which country or countries will provide you with the policy to implement? WHAT A JOKE.

reX mINOR Jan 08, 2017 03:20am

The solder of fortune goes into service of saudi monarchy having the advantage to communicate with the yankee military brass who at times are very critical of the arab Generals. The man ho displced million plus along the Afghan Pakistan border and maaged to run his little operations without the presence of media had two choices, namely to run an angus beef farm in Punjab or work for the House of Saud . No more income tax and no more hastle with the Sharif enterprise and anounce hanging sentences. The democracies usualy do not allow consultive appointments mmediate after retirement is unusual but then in everything is abnormal. Let us hope that he will have more success against the Houthis than his zero performance along the LoC with Indians.

Rex Minor

For the defense saidi operation wits ho

syed & syed Jan 08, 2017 03:44am

I hope he will not support Saudi Arabia on his ventures in Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Syria. He will have to show his courage to refuse Saudi King Clan.

mojazze Jan 08, 2017 04:12am

Saudi has been committing human rights violations n Yemen. Pakistan should be careful participating in this situation,

Muzaffar Ali Jan 08, 2017 04:27am

This will not materialize.....have we not heard this same script before?

Syed Abbas Jan 08, 2017 06:17am

It is really disappointing , there is no rule of law for commanders. He should not accept any role or govt. should not allow him to take any Military role for the next two years.

Syed Abbas Jan 08, 2017 06:26am

Mr Sharif's act is proving that we are ready to do anything for RIYAL/Dollars/Dinar. I am living abroad and feeling very DIFFICULT to justify his role to European/American people. They know facts about the link to Saudi's/Arabs and Terrorists. They know who is the main sponsor and our General who just leave from his job and have all our national secrets are going to SERVE them. So SAD.

Imran Jan 08, 2017 07:46am

The Islamic military alliance should not only focus on terrorism BUT should also focus on issues against Ummah in Burma, Syria, Palestine, Yemen and Afghanistan

Ed Khan Jan 08, 2017 09:54am

Sir Raheel, Pakistan still needs your services as a strategist. You can still be a value to Pakistan. What is the need to take a job outside??

AZ Jan 08, 2017 10:35am

This is a good move, we should hope & think positive that his appointment will once again bring KSA and Iran together to end the sectarian divide.

tapish Jan 08, 2017 11:35am

So Pakistan has formally joined to split the nations further .This will bring violence and misery to the uninvited.

khanm Jan 08, 2017 12:00pm

i have deduced one thing after reading all those comments... we are indeed more emotional than logical..what we need is to be taught not what to think but how to think.. we need to be more analytical...When we blindly adopt a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.

Jawad Syed Jan 08, 2017 02:24pm

Don't destroyed your legacy please.

azam khan Jan 08, 2017 02:45pm

Who will be funding the alliance?

abood Jan 08, 2017 03:24pm

mabroook best news in 2017

khanm Jan 08, 2017 05:16pm

@azam khan who so ever going bankrupt so fast. one who cannot pay the employees for several months

Abdul Majid Jan 08, 2017 05:57pm

@Abbas 9Be specific my friend

ihtasham Jan 08, 2017 09:00pm

Nice good for muslims

Sara Jan 09, 2017 01:11am

@Fareed N (USA) timing is late but move is correct

Sara Jan 09, 2017 01:12am

@Zahid Malik he does not need your respect

Punhallashari Jan 09, 2017 09:42am

Best news

Jamil Minhas Jan 09, 2017 10:40am

@Yameez You may be right. The intentions of the kindom personalities behind this may be wrong but the man 'Raheel Sharif' has his own personality so he will do what is good and may leave this post when forced to act wrong.

BAXAR Jan 09, 2017 01:33pm

@Syed Abbas "I am living abroad and feeling very DIFFICULT to justify his role to European/American people." And how are YOU in a position that needs YOU to justify HIS role to European/American people? Why YOUR DIFFICULT position should be a matter of concern for HIM, to take into account while making decision about HIS future role? Maybe he'll reconsider his position if you can explain how your DIFFICULTY is so relevant.

m Tariq Jan 09, 2017 06:10pm

Its a good move and right choice. I think, Muslims needs to be united under one agenda, that is self defense. But again it should not be like the OIC, which is always active for tea parties and nothing else. The concerning point is how this military alliance will be working ??? Who will set the agenda etc , what will be the roles of all Muslim countries ???

Ths Jan 09, 2017 06:59pm

They should pressure Israel if they are sincere and confront Israel on Palastine .

Ths Jan 09, 2017 07:08pm

First Saudi Arabia should stop illegal Yemen war and no country should make any commitments before this war is stopped.

Ths Jan 09, 2017 07:06pm

What happened to Arab league? Which never did anything ? This coalition will follow suit.

Ths Jan 09, 2017 07:06pm

Saudi Arabia have lost Arab league and lost Syria ,Libya , Lebanon,Iraq ,Egypt now look to Pakistan and other countries.

Ths Jan 09, 2017 07:06pm

Arab league was a failure so will this fail

Ths Jan 09, 2017 07:10pm

Saudi Arabia should end US military bases before anything.

Ths Jan 09, 2017 07:16pm

If you are real free Palestine.