Islamabad: The government of Pakistan has agreed to issue No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to former Chief of Army Staff General (Retd) Raheel Sharif after the completion of documentation.
The Defense Minsiter Khawaja Asif said in a private TV channel’s program. He said that Retd COAS would get NOC by government of Pakistan to lead 39-nation alliance of Muslim countries led by Saudi Arabia.
Asif informed that after receiving a written request from Saudi Arabia, the government of Pakistan had agreed over it. The minister added, however, official documentation in this regard had not been yet completed.
He informed that in May, 2017 a meeting will be held in this regard and the advisory board of defense ministers of member states would participate in the meeting.
He also told that the structure of 39-nation alliance has not been decided which is connected with the joining of Raheel Sharif. Minister added: “When General (Retd) Raheel Sharif joins he will define structure.”
Earlier, in January, Khwaja Asif told the Senate that Raheel Sharif did not request NOC for appointment as chief of Islamic military alliance led by Saudis.
The institution was formed in December 2015 to lead fight against terrorism. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yamen, Turkey, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Libya, Nigeria and other countries are said to be the part of the alliance.