Gen. (r) Raheel Sharif and wife issued three-year multiple Saudi visa: report

MAMOSA Report — Former Pakistan Army chief Gen. (r) Raheel Sharif and his wife have been issued a three-year multiple visa for Saudi Arabia, possibly making him the first Pakistani in ten years, who has been granted this facility in private capacity, the News reported.

According to a report, carried by the paper’s vernacular affiliate, diplomatic sources said that this important development hints towards the possibility that Gen. (r) Raheel Sharif may have accepted the offer to head the Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) coalition force and also may have taken charge of it.

This coalition force was formed by Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud on December 15, 2015 for collective efforts against terrorism threats in the region. Gen. (r) Raheel Sharif will reside in Riyadh where the joint operation center of this alliance has been established.

The former Pakistani army chief will be the 41-nation military alliance’s founding Commander-in-Chief. Sources claimed that he has already accepted this role.

Sources also claimed that Gen.(r) Raheel Sharif’s children have been issued multiple visas for three months.

No army brigade sent to Saudi Arabia, says Pakistan’s defense minister

Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday categorically rejected reports regarding the deployment of Pakistani army personnel to Saudi Arabia to assist the kingdom militarily in its ongoing efforts of resolving the Yemen conflict.

“No military personnel have been sent to Saudi Arabia in perspective of the Saudi Arabia-Yemen conflict,” the minister said according to APP – Pakistan’s official news agency.

The Defense Minister was speaking on the floor of the National Assembly in response to a point of order raised by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmker Shafqat Mahmood.

Mahmood was referring to some reports and posts on the social media which suggested that a Pakistan Army brigade was sent to Saudi Arabia.

Asif said, “It is our policy not to get involved in Saudi Arabia-Yemen conflict. If any decision had to be taken, it will flow through the parliament.”

“As discussed in this house and approved,” he stressed, “It would be our endeavor that our role is not partisan rather we would play a conciliatory role”.

“The decision of this house [National Assembly] is like an order for the government that Pakistan will not get involved in Saudi Arabia-Yemen conflict,” Asif maintained.

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