NOC finally issued to Raheel Sharif to lead military alliance

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Gen Raheel Sharif gets NOC to head Islamic military alliance: reports

Former Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday left for Saudi Arabia to head a 41-country alliance of Muslim countries against terrorism.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday confirmed that former Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has been granted NOC for his appointment after endorsement from the GHQ.

Soon after the go-ahead was given to General Sharif, a specially chartered airplane sent by Saudi Arab flew from old airport of Lahore today carrying him to Saudi Arab.

Asif had said that the Saudi government would hold a grand meeting in May, where it would unveil the alliance's Terms of Reference (ToR).

Issuing a statement in the Senate, Asif had said the Defence Ministry issues NOCs to retired army officers for any such jobs, but Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif didn't seek any such clearance or certificate.

Prime Minister Nawaz also advised the ambassador to work with utmost dedication for the welfare of Pakistani diaspora and pay attention to the education of their children.

Earlier this week, Iran's ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost expressed reservations over Sharif's role as head of the Saudi-led military alliance. He said that the ambassador should regularly interact with the Pakistani community and promptly resolve their problems. According to reports, 5,000 Pakistani troops are departing to be a part of the coalition that has been billed as an "Islamic military alliance".

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