DUBAI: Muslim countries have been facing tremendous challenges and organised terrorism is the biggest threat to our foundation, said former Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General (retd) Raheel Sharif in Bahrain.
Sharif was addressing the Middle East Military Alliances and Coalitions Conference (MEMAC) — part of the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) 2017 held in Manama from October 16-18.
Speaking as the head of the Islamic Military Counter-Terrorism Coalition based in Saudi Arabia, he said, "It is a great honour for me to be a part of this military coalition as the military commander."
He revealed that mercenaries and soldiers of al-Qaeda are paid $400 while fighters for Daesh are paid $700.The ex-army chief — credited with carrying out several successful military operations in Pakistan — stressed that terrorist groups are following organised methods of operation.
“Kinetic actions are not enough as the problems are regional and transnational and deeply rooted in the political and socio-economic sphere”, the former army chief told military officials and political leaders present at the conference.