Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has confirmed that ex Chief of Army Staff General (Retd.) Raheel Sharif has been appointed as Chief of Islamic Military Alliance. He was talking in a Geo TV’s talk show where he confirmed about the recent development that Raheel Sharif has been made the Chief of 39-Nation Islamic Military Coalition.
Khawaja Asif said that government’s will was definitely there in the appointment of General (Retd.) Raheel Sharif as the captain of Islamic Military Alliance. General Headquarters (GHQ) had also given the clearance before proceeding towards making the final decision in this regard, Khawaja Asif told.
He further said that he does not know exactly about the tenure of Raheel Sharif as Chief of Islamic Military Alliance and nature of job that Raheel Sharif would have. But in general, Raheel Sharif would lead the IMA to combat terrorism and to protect the Muslim countries from terrorist-activities under his supreme leadership.
Islamic Military Alliance, which has a Joint Command Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is an Intergovernmental Military Alliance of countries in the Muslim world that has the basic purpose to counter the terrorism. The creation of IMA was first announced by Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister Muhammad Bin Salman Al Saud on 15th Dec, 2015. When the Islamic Military Alliance was announced, initially there were 34 members but now it the number has raised to 39.
Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria Oman, Bahrain, Libya and Bangladesh are major countries who will have a proper military role in IMA. Benin, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Niger, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine, Qatar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia and Yemen are IMA’s full supporters. Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Indonesia and Tajikistan are also likely to be included in Islamic Military Alliance.
The Islamic Military Alliance has its primary objective to protect the Muslim countries from all terrorist organizations. The Alliance will fight terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan and is all set to deploy the military troops into Syria to fight ISIS. The alliance has ensured that it would operate in line with the United Nations (UN) and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) provisions on terrorism.
Appointment of General (Retd.) Raheel Sharif on such a major post is indeed a proud moment for Pakistan. Raheel Sharif has served his three years in Army doing his best for ensuring peace in the country. Nation is determined that Raheel Sharif as Chief of Islamic Military Alliance will once again serve the purpose at his best and brighten his country’s name.