Raheel Sharif did not seek govt’s approval to join Saudi-led alliance, says Kh Asif

In a shift from his earlier statement, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif did not seek government’s permission before joining the Saudi-led military alliance.

“Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif did not submit any application for a no objection certificate (NOC). There’s nothing in our notice,” the defence minister said.

Earlier, Asif said the former army chief had been appointed the commander of the Saudi-led 39-nation military coalition to combat terrorism.He further said the government was taken into confidence about the former army chief’s new role.  He, however, would not provide further details.


  1. Dr. M.M.Khan said:

    What a charade. First there was a great hype that pakistans famous son had got a top position. He would be the leader of moslem Nato. Then came the retreat suggesting that the ex COAS was indulging in solo act on his own. Now we are told a different story by the defence minister. The Govt. is suffering from trust deficit at all Levels. Whom are we to beleive?

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