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Raheel Sharif departs for Riyadh to lead military alliance after govt issues NOC

Updated Apr 22, 2017 09:34am


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Retired army chief Gen Raheel Sharif has left for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to head a 41-nation military alliance, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday.

Media reports suggested that the former chief of army staff was granted approval to serve as head of the alliance for three years.

A photo of Raheel Sharif at the airport. ─ Photo courtesy Geo
A photo of Raheel Sharif at the airport. ─ Photo courtesy Geo

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told Geo News that Sharif had been "given permission to head the military alliance after completion of all legal formalities and requirements" by the federal government.

A military source, while speaking to, said approval for Raheel Sharif's departure had also been granted by General Headquarters Rawalpindi according to established procedures.

Geo News further reported that Sharif had departed for Riyadh earlier today on a special aircraft and was accompanied by his wife and mother on the flight.

It was not immediately clear if the government had discussed its decision with opposition parties, which recently expressed serious misgivings regarding the issue in light of the possibility that the alliance may be used against Iran.

The news also seemed to go against what the defence minister himself had assured Parliament of on April 13.

Responding to a call to attention notice, Asif had informed the house that the Saudi government would hold a grand meeting in May, where it would unveil the alliance's Terms of Reference (ToR).

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former COAS Gen Raheel Sharif will attend the event,” he had said.

He had further said that the former COAS would formally apply for an NOC after the ToR was made public.

He also said that the ToR and the aims and objectives of the alliance would be presented to Parliament before a formal decision would be made on whether Pakistan should become a part of it or not.

Read more: TOR of Saudi alliance to be unveiled next month: Asif

Concerns about the Saudi military alliance

The 41-nation armed coalition was initially proposed as a platform for security cooperation among Muslim countries and included provisions for training, equipment and troops, and the involvement of religious scholars for devising a counter-terrorism narrative.

Since news of the alliance first surfaced, there have been concerns about its nature and how it may affect a pre-existing parliamentary resolution on Yemen passed unanimously by lawmakers calling for "neutrality in the conflict" in 2015.

On April 13, Asif had told the National Assembly: "We will stick to our prerogative when it comes to Yemen, and the agreement we have will remain binding."

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) Shireen Mazari had raised concerns, saying that a military alliance cannot be a solution to terrorism. The PTI urged the government to determine the nature and purpose of the alliance and make its Terms of Reference clear.

"There are at least 10 militaries present in the alliance who are also a part of a Saudi alliance against Yemen," Mazari earlier cautioned.

PTI's Asad Umer had said, "The matter is not of Raheel Sharif's appointment, the question is if we should be part of the alliance or not."

Earlier this week, in a meeting at GHQ in Rawalpindi, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had assured Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost that Pak-Iran ties would "remain unaffected by recent developments".

“Pakistan greatly values historic Pak-Iran relationship and the same shall continue based on mutual trust and respect for each other’s interests,” Gen Bajwa told Honardoost.

Extraordinary importance was attached to the meeting by diplomatic circles because it was the second between the two in around six weeks, a rare happening in Pakistan-Iran relations given the mutual mistrust.


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Qadir ali Apr 21, 2017 02:54pm

This will lead to the chaos and uncertainty in Pakistan.

Faisal Apr 21, 2017 02:54pm

Great News!! Proud of Pakistan.

Faisal Apr 21, 2017 02:54pm

Best of Luck .....

Aziz Apr 21, 2017 02:54pm

This is bad!!

AR Mallick Apr 21, 2017 02:55pm

Welcome to Saudi Arabia and Congratulation to joining the right force, necessary for the community of the Area. God Bless u and good luck.

Qadir ali Apr 21, 2017 02:55pm

wrong decision.

Commander Shahab shah bukhari Apr 21, 2017 02:56pm

Sir, lets have peace in the middle east and also here in our Pak country our motherland and surrounding areas. Lets have peace and harmony. Lets prosper. Enough of blood shed and wars.

pakistan zindabad Apr 21, 2017 02:56pm

A retired military general can not hold any office or do any job for at-least one year after retirement...on what basis can he do???

Imran Ahmed Apr 21, 2017 02:57pm

Great Leader- Lead from the front..... wish u good luck

dr rATHORE--through lens of-middle east Apr 21, 2017 02:57pm


Commander Shahab shah bukhari Apr 21, 2017 02:57pm

i would be more then happy to serve under your able command to bring peace back to this war torn region .

Aman Apr 21, 2017 02:59pm

Very good news, finally muslims countries starting to build their own defence to own the problems within the muslim world to solve it on their own rather relying on outsiders that always create more problems than fix. I would say it is a good start and it will not be without bumps and obstacles, and it is a very good start. Good luck Sir.

Khurram Apr 21, 2017 03:02pm

Best of luck sir. Please don't bomb fellow muslims.

Asif Kashmiri Apr 21, 2017 03:05pm

Well done Pakistan - Proud of you General!

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 03:06pm

In all probability, it is a Zarb e Azb against terrorists on a much bigger scale. And, terrorists have no country, religion or any political orientation against any non-terrorist entity.

M. Emad Apr 21, 2017 03:07pm

Already big controversy over Saudi Arabia led 41-nation military alliance.

Shariq Afzal Apr 21, 2017 03:08pm

Any unbiased person who believes in humanism would find this act shameful. He is becoming a partner in war crime - and Pakistan through him. Remember Saudi war on Yemen that our assembly voted not to participate in. Raheel's appointment is a backdoor to parliamentary failure.

Usman786 Apr 21, 2017 03:11pm

So many times we have heard this news in past. DM says NOC given - sometimes not yet, sometimes not received. As he is going to say no to Saudi letter

sYED (Australia) Apr 21, 2017 03:13pm

A proud moment for Pakistan. Ex Army Cheif is serving a military alliance hope he will bring Iran and other Muslim forces under one flag.

naeem malik Apr 21, 2017 03:19pm


aslam shaikh Apr 21, 2017 03:20pm

All our best wishes are with our leader. May be bring peace to the Muslim World.

shayan khan Apr 21, 2017 03:20pm

A matter of Pride for Pakistan as well as for the Muslims

Sajjad kamran Apr 21, 2017 03:20pm

Every new day brings a fresh sad news.

This is yet another one.

Samir lone Apr 21, 2017 03:24pm

Good luck general! We are proud of you

Samir lone Apr 21, 2017 03:26pm

@M. Emad We could care less about fake controversy. He himself said he will never use such a platform to create trouble between Iran and Saudi. He genuinely wants to help guide and remove terror from Islamic world

Najeeb Rohilla Apr 21, 2017 03:28pm

Panama judgement and immediately after that Noc issued. Are these co-related...

Mohajir Apr 21, 2017 03:28pm

Good riddance....

SHROOMISH Apr 21, 2017 03:34pm

once again you guys are getting involved in "other's wars"

Zaheer jafri Apr 21, 2017 03:38pm

@Najeeb Rohilla Yes you got it right

Asif Apr 21, 2017 03:38pm

Am I happy? No.

Ahmed Apr 21, 2017 03:43pm

as a Muslim we are ONE ummah. it is good decision. we have to solve our problems by our-self. May peace return to middle east thru Raheel Sharif; Aameen.

lotec Apr 21, 2017 03:43pm

@SHROOMISH We are getting involved in other peoples wars. We are trying to make sure these future wars do not come to Pakistans shores. And even stop them before they begin. LOOK at NATO.

O Hanif Apr 21, 2017 03:46pm

Disastrous for Pakistan, nothing will be achieved apart for a person's financial gain and all bad things (which this alliance will do) will be attributed to Pakistan. This will divide Muslim ummah further and escalate more civil wars in Muslim nations.

Aftab Apr 21, 2017 03:47pm

@Qadir ali our problem is we take such disastrous decision and then the nation pays dearly the price. Later we play the victim card.

Ths Apr 21, 2017 03:51pm

Yemen was already the poorest country in the Arab world " stocks of food and fuel, as well as drugs and other medical supplies, are running dangerously low.U.N. estimated Yemen was receiving just 1 percent of the fuel imports it required. Today, more than 21 million people in Yemen are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and half the population suffers from food insecurity and malnutrition—figures that dwarf Syria’s.

Waqar Apr 21, 2017 03:51pm

Some good news after long time.. Proud to be Pakistani

Rizvi Apr 21, 2017 03:52pm

Great news! Please make sure all terrorists are taken down whether it be a group or a state

Ths Apr 21, 2017 03:52pm

Just like Arab league this coalition won't achieve anything positive because the very countries that make it are complicit in the instability and destruction of region and religion !

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 03:53pm

@M. Emad: But, Bangladesh is already contemplating to join, being seriously threatened by the rise of IS in the country.

James micheal Apr 21, 2017 03:55pm

Raheel is a man who brought hope for Pakistan He could have enter Pakistan politics and lead Pakistan to a stable developed nation rather than leading such a sectarian alliance which bombs innocent people

A HELPLESS PAKISTANI Apr 21, 2017 03:56pm

His failure will dent Pakistan heavily in above to what we are already blamed for by all other countries. He is entering into a dark world where no light can reach. There is nothing that he can achieve accept destroying whatever little reputation he has earned in Pakistan. Watch him for months, that is all for now. He is doing it for his personal benefit.

Ths Apr 21, 2017 03:56pm

Raheel Sharif would you have US military presence removed from Gulf states and confront Israel on its occupation of Palestine and its dangerous 200 nuclear war heads?

Ths Apr 21, 2017 03:57pm

This coalition will fail because the very countries that make it are responsible for destruction and terrorism !

Ths Apr 21, 2017 03:58pm

ISIS and Al Qaeda are Saudi funded .

SHIA Apr 21, 2017 03:59pm

When people try to bring peace with Army and War!! Great Going!!

Ths Apr 21, 2017 04:00pm

Saudi Arabia meetings and coalitions have never achieved anything positive before and will never in future because it is cause of instability and terrorism!

pure logic Apr 21, 2017 04:00pm

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, well saudis can handle reaction and stand..can pak afford??? not sure..self-destruction mode started..who the hell cares abt country

HASSAN Apr 21, 2017 04:02pm

We have not learned anything from our past mistakes. No wonder we are screwed up.

rzbaz Apr 21, 2017 04:04pm

General Raheel relationship in the alliance will be as if employer and employee. If employer desires to take action against any muslim country, General cannot refuse. We are heading towards turning friends in foe within the Islamic world.

Azmeen Apr 21, 2017 04:06pm

You are Pride of Pakistan. Try to promote unity among Muslim countries.

Javed Apr 21, 2017 04:08pm

Good Luck! Fair Well.

Asif Apr 21, 2017 04:09pm

I would have liked him to work for the welfare Pakistan as we need him more than the Saudis.

Ali Asghar Apr 21, 2017 04:09pm

Why be a party in a very complicated middle east political situation. Stay out and stay away. We only need to focus on Pakistan. Let Iran and Saudia fight their own wars.

ASIM iQBAL Apr 21, 2017 04:13pm


karachi wala Apr 21, 2017 04:13pm

They can not fight against west like america so they are clearly aimimg to target Iran.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 21, 2017 04:15pm

Welcome to the club.

Rabia Apr 21, 2017 04:15pm

'after the government issues an NOC': can you see the government refusing?I

Riaz Ahmad Apr 21, 2017 04:17pm

@Qadir ali Chaos and uncertainty is an integral part of daily life in Pakistan for the last two decades, which planet are you from Mr Qadir Ali if I am ask.

kuNAL MAJUMDAR Apr 21, 2017 04:18pm

The coalition is a very smart game played by the US through Saudi Arabia to put Iran in check...hence fight the Syria war. Remember Iran has direct support from Russia and tacit support of Russia comes from China. Complex permutations and combinations. Hope Pakistan has not got into a chakravyuh.

Iftikhar Husain Apr 21, 2017 04:18pm

There is so much confusion about the military alliance that nobody knows why this alliance has been organized.

Kabir Apr 21, 2017 04:23pm

Will Gen Raheel dip his hand in the bllod of innocent Muslims of Yemen and Bahrain ?

sunni Apr 21, 2017 04:28pm

@SHIA yes, time will prove. InshaALLAH

Sara Apr 21, 2017 04:28pm

All is Pakistan is with you Gen Raheel Sharif, Salaam!!!

Rahat Apr 21, 2017 04:29pm

This will very seriously dent the respect and acclaim he earned during his stint as chief of army staff.

Najam Apr 21, 2017 04:29pm

This alliance is likely to target Iran and its interests in middle east

Najam Apr 21, 2017 04:32pm

Iran will loose not only Syria but Iraq as well

syed Apr 21, 2017 04:35pm

great decision .. !

Counterpoint Apr 21, 2017 04:36pm

Now who are the Militants that this force is supposed to fight? Yemenese? Or Syria? Or Iran?

Hassan Khan Apr 21, 2017 04:38pm

@shariq afzal totally agree with you!

Masood Apr 21, 2017 04:38pm

A sad day indeed for muslims.

M. Siddique Apr 21, 2017 04:40pm

Hopefully it is NOT a Sunni force against non-Sunni countries. That will be a disaster. Also, do we know the names of 41 countries part of this alliance.

Kabir Apr 21, 2017 04:43pm

@Sara "All is Pakistan is with you Gen Raheel Sharif" Pakistani nation through its representatives in Parliament has already rejected inclusion in such alliance in any shape

Shahzaib Apr 21, 2017 04:44pm

For all those worry about this, should keep in mind the character with which he lead the pak army. Hope he will keep pak first in mind.

Kabir Apr 21, 2017 04:45pm

@Najam "Iran will loose not only Syria but Iraq as well" iran has not conquered any country therefore question of losing any country does not arise please first clear your views before commenting such ignorant views

shig Apr 21, 2017 04:46pm

After panama case verdict?

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Apr 21, 2017 04:49pm

If all countries started to think like this, you will end up having collation of armies just based on Religion fighting each other.Just imagine, if all Christian nations came together to fight another religious army.World is going backwards...

majid Apr 21, 2017 04:51pm

@Qadir ali to quite an extent yes,

Khurram Apr 21, 2017 04:52pm

This is a lose-lose situation. If he bombs muslim regions we lose and if he refuses to bomb then we lose as well. This coalition is not like Pakistan where he had more say in decision making

Rashid Apr 21, 2017 04:52pm

This is a very non professional move by Mr Raheel Sharif. It shows Pakistan is a country where self is more important than the whole.

kaliraja thangamani Apr 21, 2017 04:54pm

A very wrong move.

Sara Apr 21, 2017 04:57pm

There are 50 Muslim countries in the world and 41 are in the alliance, that means 82% Muslims are supporting this alliances. Great to see Raheel Sharif leading it

Zubair Ahmad Apr 21, 2017 04:58pm

@aslam shaikh Yes, we are optimistic that this will help bring peace in Ummah against both the internal and external destabilizing factors.

Indian muslim Apr 21, 2017 04:59pm

The indian Muslims salute the Pakistani General !!!!

Indian muslim Apr 21, 2017 05:00pm

@kaliraja thangamani a very strong move

Joe Apr 21, 2017 05:01pm

I fail to understand as to what role this tag tag alliance can perform. General has been to peace keeping UN mission.There well trained troops find it difficult to co-ordinate with all facilities,here there would be none.Now ,can someone please just give a hint as to which country this fauj can enter for counter terrorism operations?

Faisal Apr 21, 2017 05:01pm

@Rashid he is doing this because he feels the pain of Muslims in Syria Iraq and Yemen, he is a great Pakistani and a good muslim

Viking Star Apr 21, 2017 05:01pm

A day of pride for Muslim Ummah in general and for Pakistanis in particular. Hopefully under the leader of Raheel Sharif, deviated and hypocrite elements will be wiped out and Muslim leadership will assemble together that will bring peace, prosperity and development of the Ummah.

SID Apr 21, 2017 05:05pm

@kuNAL MAJUMDAR Valid point .

desilionking Apr 21, 2017 05:11pm

Fantastic news. Congratulations and my personal best wishes to the General and to the entire nation for picking up such an important role. This shows what our brave military is capable of. A nice Slap in the face of our close and distant neighbors and so called some of our former allies who though they could Isolate Pakistan??? Well, Pakistan is made to live for ever. Pakistan zindabad

Ths Apr 21, 2017 05:11pm

Just like Arab league this coalition is doomed to fail because the very countries that make it are responsible for instability and terrorism "

Ths Apr 21, 2017 05:13pm

This coalition would never confront Israel and its occupation of lands along with its weapons of mass destruction 200 nuclear war heads .

tRUTH HURTS Apr 21, 2017 05:13pm

Saudi Arabia created the monsters, Al Qaeda and ISIS, and the whole world is suffering on account of them. Now, may be Saudi has realized its folly and want to rectify by leading the alliance in fighting for the destruction of those demons. Or is it to fight Iran and its groups? God knows.

Starzan90210 Apr 21, 2017 05:14pm

Excellent and great strategic move!

Ths Apr 21, 2017 05:14pm

This coalition has not faced criticism from US and Israel which means Saudis have assured them their policies.

Najam Apr 21, 2017 05:15pm

@Ths you keep jumping and posting same comments again and again

Ths Apr 21, 2017 05:16pm

Will US milarty leave the Gulf ?

SID Apr 21, 2017 05:17pm

@Samir lone Saudi Royal family is the decision maker. Mr Raheel Sharif can't take the call whom to include or whom not.

Every one knows the relation between Iran & Saudi. Also US has supported Saudi for this alliance which means no Iran in this so called alliance.

Ths Apr 21, 2017 05:17pm

Any democratic country and honest person would first question Saudi led war on poor Yemen before even considering joining this suspicious coalition ?

Zulfiqar Apr 21, 2017 05:17pm

Only an a force lead by Raheel can destroy the ISIS.....

BAXAR Apr 21, 2017 05:23pm

"I fail to understand as to what role this tag tag alliance can perform. " That's why you're not there, you can't understand.

Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a Apr 21, 2017 05:23pm

@Aman Saudi Arabia for one has nothing to do with the collective good of Muslims. The monarchy has for ever been serving their ownb best interest, persecuting women, minorities & expatriates, partnering with Egypt and Israel. Was Muslim interest of any value, Saudi Arabia would not have been butchering Muslim and next door neighbor and abjectly poor Yemen for the last more than 2 years.

Najam Apr 21, 2017 05:24pm

@Ths SYRIA IRAQ what's iran doing there?????

MOhsin Apr 21, 2017 05:26pm

This controversial alliance will encourage other Alliances like Hindu Alliance, Christian Alliance, Jews Alliance. Ok let's start help Pakistan do the alliance armies will send their troops in Waziristan to fight against terrorism??

Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a Apr 21, 2017 05:34pm

@Zubair Ahmad What ummah? Yemen is not Ummah that has been bombarded to the rubble for the last more than two years?? Stop deluding yourself & many readers here,

Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a Apr 21, 2017 05:39pm

@Sara All that are part of this alliance are the Saudi satellites and Saudi Arabia is one country that has massively contributed towards terrorism & supported its spread through its funding. Saudi Arabia has no business with the overall interest of the Muslim countries. The only thing Saudi Arabia is interested in is the survival of its monarchy otherwise the country is only known internationally for gross. Iatiknz of human rights on all levels.

Dawn Apr 21, 2017 05:48pm

Raheel Sharif you have done the unexpected. Disappointed in you.

Ths Apr 21, 2017 05:51pm

I love Saudi King for great initiative

Akhil Apr 21, 2017 05:53pm

@Aman Whom this group led by him going to fight with..Just to let you know, the other side is also Muslim...

Akhil Apr 21, 2017 05:55pm

@Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a Sad that Saudi Arab is leading this and not Pakistan and Indonesia. Other than India, those are two countries with highest Muslim population and they are neutral with regard to Middle East.

Deependra L Chumble Apr 21, 2017 05:56pm

Pakistan inviting more war and destruction. Never learns.

Masood Apr 21, 2017 05:57pm

@Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a

Could not agree more, very well put.

Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a Apr 21, 2017 05:57pm

@Dawn 100% agree with you. He had earned utmost respect of the entire nation by selflessly doing his job to eradicate terrorism, to serve the constitution and country's lame democracy. Great man who I thought could not be tempted by trappings of power like his predecessors and now all of a sudden he seems to have surrendered all that honor, respect, dignity & high station he had earned so deservedly.

Masood Apr 21, 2017 05:58pm

@Ths I am in complete agreement.

Hussain Ghassingi Apr 21, 2017 06:03pm

Extremely unwise decision by the General himself as well as GoPK. Time/History is the most brutal discourse .Soon it will be unveiled.

Ths Apr 21, 2017 06:04pm

@Masood all of Pakistan is in complete agreement with General Raheel Sharif

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Apr 21, 2017 06:06pm

How can a Pakistan soldier can do to its own country, i.e work with a country which is a party in a fight which is an aggression against another Islamic country.

SARA Apr 21, 2017 06:09pm

Pakistan will always fight for Saudi Arabia against all aggressors who ever it may be

Frozen Apr 21, 2017 06:18pm

Very bad

Faisal Apr 21, 2017 06:38pm

Feneral Raheel Sharif will have the support of all muslims of the world

Faisal Apr 21, 2017 06:38pm

Raheel Sharif man you did it

Faisal Apr 21, 2017 06:49pm

Pakistan is doing its best to stand with muslim brothers

Zubair Ahmad Apr 21, 2017 07:05pm

@Syed zafar kazmi U.s.a
Yemen is the integral part of Ummah as well as Iran is a sophisticated contributor of Millat e Islami.Now it is the time that we should be wise enough and embrace the feelings of forgiveness and respect each other's integrity. Threatening and bombing each other only increase the misiries . We have to develop an elderly sense of cooperation among us regarding each other's point of view to avoid the adversities.

Kabir Apr 21, 2017 07:06pm

@SARA "Pakistan will always fight for Saudi Arabia against all aggressors who ever it may be" You mean that Pakistan is playing mercenaries role without taking into account the consequences

Amir Apr 21, 2017 07:21pm

Wish you all the best general raheel Great task ahead God bless you Long live Pakistan

Prateik Apr 21, 2017 07:21pm

Its not clear how many of these countries will commit active military troops.

Pashtoon Apr 21, 2017 07:39pm

Despite i am pro-Iran. I see this development positive. It will bring unity in Muslim Ummah which is already divided.

changez khan Apr 21, 2017 07:42pm

Good luck Gen Raheel Sharif, you are the best and no doubt you can do the job.

Pak Armed Forces Zindabad.

Nadeem Apr 21, 2017 07:43pm

Best of luck General! Please bring all Muslim countries on board for this!

Sohail Gem Wazir Apr 21, 2017 07:45pm

Make us proud sir. Good luck

ZAne Apr 21, 2017 07:46pm

There goes his respect. what a bad decision this guy is taking.

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Apr 21, 2017 07:49pm

I am wondering whether after retirement holding such a high stressful responsible position would be good for General Raheel Sharif's health at his age?

Abdulla hussain Apr 21, 2017 07:54pm

Congratulations, a good step towards right direction. Terrorism has to be dealt with iron hand. Gen. Raheel Sharif will be successful.

Muhammad Apr 21, 2017 08:01pm

what is the mandate of this alliance ? whether this alliance will fight against the Israel and India ? whether this alliance will help the beleaguered Palestinians and Kashmiris ? if yes than Gen Raheel should join this alliance otherwise becoming a tool in the hands of despotic monarchs will not be a service to Ummah

Muhammad Apr 21, 2017 08:04pm

@Abdulla hussain "Terrorism has to be dealt with iron hand" If it is the idea than why Saudi and Qatari Monarchs are supporting terrorists outfits in the region and then why they are not fighting against Daesh (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq and moreover why those countries which are actually fighting against all sorts of terrorists in the region i.e. Iran, Syria and Iraq are not the part of this alliance ? could you please elaborate on it ?

Yasir Apr 21, 2017 08:06pm

Worst decision, you are bringing another war to the country.

Amir Khan Bangash Apr 21, 2017 08:10pm

My heartiest congratulations to General Raheel Sharif on well deserved appointment to lead a 41-nation military alliance.

Muhammad A Rao Apr 21, 2017 08:17pm

Best of luck - try to bring peace to the world - like you did in Pak

Shah Apr 21, 2017 08:20pm

Gen. Raheel Sharif has a chance bridge the gap between Iran and Saudia. BTW this gap exists since hundreds of years and unfortunately you cannot do much about it.

saber Apr 21, 2017 08:41pm

National pride wasted ....

Shah Apr 21, 2017 08:59pm

Extremely Strategic Decision by Saudi and partners to form this NATO style alliance to defeat terrorism and restore peace to the region. Gen Raheel will be remembered in history books for taking up this initiative and making a difference for common people of the region like the ones in Syria whose lives are today have no values and are being sacrificed in this vicious game being played by a savage internal enemy who claimed to be part of Islam.

Muhammad Apr 21, 2017 09:03pm

If the matter is so serious then why the meeting of biggest forum of Muslim nations i.e. OIC is not convened ? why such sensitive matter is only discussed in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC ) who has very limited members ?

Irr pk Apr 21, 2017 09:03pm

Best wishes to our great brother.

Muhammad Apr 21, 2017 09:06pm

@Commander Shahab shah bukhari "i would be more then happy to serve under your able command to bring peace back to this war torn region" How you will or Gen Raheel can bring peace to the region where the leading country of this alliance itself involved in creating unrest in Syria and Iraq and also involved directly in bombing poor starving Yemenis and suppressing majority population in Bahrain ?

Muhammad Apr 21, 2017 09:10pm

@Shah "making a difference for common people of the region like the ones in Syria whose lives are today have no values and are being sacrificed in this vicious game being played by a savage internal enemy who claimed to be part of Islam" Mr. Shah How ? when the leading countries of this alliance are themselves involved in creating and nurturing ferocious terrorists in the Syria and Iraq and directly bombing poor people in Yemen ?

Jimmy Johns Apr 21, 2017 09:10pm

@Ahmed There is no such thing as "ummah" Keep dreaming.

Hamid Apr 21, 2017 09:20pm

Your Comment It's a sad and bad news. It will further divide muslim ummah.

Shakil - USA Apr 21, 2017 09:27pm

Why Iran and Syria are not invited to join? Please don't follow Saudi's agenda they have done none for Muslim Ummah.

sl Apr 21, 2017 09:38pm

Good luck sir for new appointment.

Ahmed khan ahmed Apr 21, 2017 11:03pm

That's a good decision from Pakistan and as well as by Raheel Shareef.

Anwar Sadiqque Apr 21, 2017 11:03pm

Pakistan has a well trained and a solid army. My father who served in it from inception recalls all the commanding officers where British. Iran and Pakistan have a much closer and intertwined history so the Pakistan government needs to tread carefully.

MUZAFFAR QURESHI Apr 22, 2017 12:46am

I have nothing but profound respect for General Raheel Sharif and I am sure that he will earn accolade and respect in his new assignment for which he is most suited. I wish you well.

haider Apr 22, 2017 01:49am

Very good news.

ak4pk Apr 22, 2017 02:21am

@sYED (Australia) : that's just what our hopes and aspirations are, unity, love, friendship and prosperity for Muslims across the world; it's time we stood united and solved our problems ourselves. If we can be friends amongst ourselves we sure can be friends with others too. Hope RS can make it happen, but he needs all the help he can get, let's extend our whole hearted support to him.

ak4pk Apr 22, 2017 02:24am

@pakistan zindabad : there's always exception to man made rules and you should know that.

Ashraf Apr 22, 2017 03:25am

Now the world will see us rise

Anurag Singh Apr 22, 2017 03:48am

@Sara really proud of it

UMER Apr 22, 2017 05:30am

Bad decision...... soon Sharif will realize his wrong decision

Sridhar Raghunatha Rao Apr 22, 2017 05:31am

Hearty Congratulations and Very Best Wishes for shouldering a most important and coveted assignment. May Almighty shower success on all your tasks.

Sara Apr 22, 2017 06:27am

@Shakil - USA it is alliance of Muslim countries

Sara Apr 22, 2017 06:29am

@Hamid how can you say it will divide when all Muslim nations are participating in the alliance. 41 countries are in the coalition out of 50 Muslim countries in the world

Muhammad Apr 22, 2017 02:31pm

@Sara out of 41 countries the middle Eastern countries involved in this alliance only form one third of population and the countries who are not part of this alliance form approximately half of the population of Middle East now tell me how this alliance can bring Peace in Middle East

m mUHAMMAD Apr 22, 2017 05:14pm

How could this be a moment of pride when Saudi Arabia and the allies were put into the black list for killing women and children by bombing houses and hospitals.? How is this a Muslim alliance when the countries fighting ISIS and terrorism ARE NOT these countries.

Muhammad Apr 22, 2017 06:46pm

@Sara "it is alliance of Muslim countries" against whom ? Israel not America not it is alliance against poor people in the region I.e. against poor Muslims