KARACHI – Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has set three conditions to assume the command of a 39-nation Islamic military alliance, a retired army officer claimed.
Talking to a private TV channel, Former Pakistan army officer Lt-Gen (retd) Amjad Shoaib said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had given approval after Saudi authorities expressed their desire to appoint General (retd) Raheel as the chief of the military alliance.
The prime minister, Lt-Gen Amjad said, told Saudi government that it would be an honour for the country.
The former military officer revealed that General (retd) Raheel set three conditions for taking up the new job that are as followed:
– To include Iran in the military alliance so that the organisation doesn’t look sectarian in nature.
– He’ll not work under anyone’s command.
– He’ll have the mandate to act as an arbitrator if there is a need to promote harmony among Muslim countries.
Earlier, sources had confirmed to Daily Pakistan that the former army chief has expressed his willingness to take the charge of the 39-nation military alliance, IMAFT, only if he is also empowered to play the role of an arbitrator between the belligerent groups in the Middle East. Gen Raheel had clearly refused to command a force which fights for a single country.