Saudi led alliance to bosst Muslim unity: Nasser

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Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

Pakistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Nasser Janjua said that former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General (retd) Raheel Sharif leading the Saudi led military alliance will bring unity to the Muslim world.
Talking to media here on Monday at one-day conference on security challenges in the Indian Ocean, he said that with the experience General (retd) Sharif will remove misunderstandings among Muslim countries. “Iran and other countries opposed of the alliance will also benefit from this.”
The former Army Chief Raheel Sharif who retired in November 2016, was allowed to lead the 34-nation Islamic military alliance.
The defence Minister earlier on January 6 last had said the former chief of army staff had been appointed as chief of Islamic military alliance and posted in Saudi Arabia which was highly criticized that how can a ex-army chief can taken the charge with No-Objection-Certificate (NOC). Khawja Asif said that the government was taken into confidence about the ex-army chief’s new role.
Raheel Sharif will likely to take charge of his new appointment as the first commander-in-chief of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), a proposed coalition of 39 countries that will have its headquarters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh in next month.
While in late 2015, Pakistan declined to join military operations against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen despite relentless pressure from Saudi Arabia, which has led the intervention in its impoverished neighbour.
National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua also said that Pakistan will play a better role to serve the peace and economic growth of the world with its strategic connectivity.
He added that Pakistan is on its way to become a hub of trade, economy and industry with China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The Adviser said achievement of lasting peace in Afghanistan will pave way to gain benefits from CPEC by Central Asian Republics as well as other states in the region.
He said Pakistan sees a great future along with Afghanistan which will come around with reconciliation, peace and stability in that country.
After 9/11 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Centre in New York securing sea routes for countries became essential, National Security Adviser Nasir Janjua said.
The United States and India have become major strategic partners in the region, he said and added that apart from India 300,000 military personnel from the United States are currently stationed in the Indian ocean.

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