Ex Chief of Army Staff General (Retd.) Raheel Sharif has been given a Green Signal to lead the Islamic Military Alliance. The disclosure has been made during a TV Program when Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told that General (Retd.) Raheel Sharif is all set to hold the office of Chief of Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) from May 2017.
Khawaja Asif also stated that Government of Pakistan will also send a Brigade as well to Saudi Arabia to combat terrorism. He said that the initiative has been taken because Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been sharing a Defence Agreement since 1982. The initiative is not only a reflection of Saudi-Pak Defence Ties but the development has been processed as Pakistan is also involved in 39 Country Islamic Military Alliance to counter terrorism, Asif added.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had an exclusive talk with Senior Anchor Person in his talk show in this regard. Khawaja Asif said that the final call to send troops to Saudi Arabia is yet to be taken, however, the mutual and collective is to fight terrorism and to eliminate its menace from the region. Sources also say that the number of Armed Forces and their Headquarters has been decided in recent developments.
General (Retd.) Raheel Sharif commanding IMA indeed will be 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.
Islamic Military Alliance (IMA)
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.