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PTI opposes issuance of NOC to Raheel Sharif to lead military alliance

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has opposed the federal government’s decision to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) to former Chief of Army Staff General (Retd) Raheel Sharif to head the Saudi-led 39-nation military alliance of Muslim countries.

PTI spokesperson Fawwad Chaudhry told private media house that his party strongly opposes the decision and would soon raise voice against it in parliament.

He said that the Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaaf Imran Khan had directed three parliamentarians Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood and Shireen Mazari to prepare a strategy to move privilege motion and calling attention notice in the lower house of the parliament.

PTI spokesperson said that all parties had decided in the parliament to remain neutral regarding Middle East crisis, thus the question on the issuance of NOC is raised as to why it was so decided.

He said that the alliance was formed against Iran and if the former Pakistan Army chief assumed its command then it would send a message that the state is also against Iran. He said that the decision could further increase the Shia Sunni conflict which already exists in Pakistan.

Chaudhry said that the Middle East crisis was not just confined to Muslim states but Russia and Turkey were also involved in the bloody war in Syria.

The PTI’s reaction came after the statement of Defense Minister Khwaja Asif in an interview to another private channel that former COAS would get NOC to lead military alliance after the completion of documentation.

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The alliance 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 part of the alliance.