Former Pakistan army chief to head Saudi-led military alliance – Pakistani media | Reuters

Former Pakistan army chief to head Saudi-led military alliance – Pakistani media
| Reuters
08-Jan-2017 07:42 FIRSTPOST

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik | ISLAMABAD ISLAMABAD Pakistan's recently retired army chief Raheel Sharif has been appointed to lead a new Saudi-military alliance to fight terrorism, Pakistani media have reported.Government officials in Saudi Arabia could not be reached on Sunday to confirm the appointment to head the coalition, the founding of which Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced at a sudden midnight press conference in December 2015.Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said in an appearance on Pakistan's Geo News channel on Friday that Sharif's appointment had been finalised a few days earlier. A statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA in December 2015 said the new coalition would have 34 members, though more have joined since then. It also said the coalition would be based in Riyadh to "coordinate and support military operations" against terrorism. The post Former Pakistan army chief to head Saudi-led military alliance – Pakistani media | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.