ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistani army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif once again has reiterated stance that Islamic Military Alliance is not against any country and sect.
He is the commander general of a Saudi Arabia-led multi-nation Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC).
Former Army Chief has assured Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani that the military alliance was not aimed at any country, nation or sect.
He said this while briefing the Senate chairman, who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, on performance and objectives behind formation of the military alliance. Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif’s deputy General Abdul Rehman was also present on the occasion.
The former army chief said the basic objective of IMCTC was to fight against the menace of terrorism until its eradication. He also dismissed the notion that the military coalition was aimed against any particular country, nation or sect without any mentions.
However, Iran and Saudi Arabia are regional rivals and have supported opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen and different political factions in Iraq and Lebanon.
The Senate chairman and other senators in the Pakistani delegation appreciated Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his government’s resolve and efforts made towards eradicating terrorism.
Saudi Arabia had acquired the services of Gen (retd) Raheel as head of the IMCTC cobbled together in December 2015.