ISLAMABAD: Former army chief General (Retd) Raheel Sharif was made chief of 39-nation Islamic military coalition formed to combat terrorism, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif confirmed on Friday.
The headquarters of the Saudi-led coalition would be based in Riyadh, the capital and most populous city of Saudi Arabia.
General (Retd) Raheel Sharif retired on November 29, 2016, and handed over the command of Pakistan army to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
According to reports, Asif without much detail confirmed that an accord in this regard was finalised a few days back.
He said that the decision was made after taking the federal government into confidence.
A due process was followed as for such postings, an official clearance from the government and General Headquarters (GHQ) was needed, said the minister.
Khawaja Asif said that alliance is formation was a positive step because the Muslim Ummah needed unity among its ranks.
On December 30, 2015, the Saudi government announced to form a coalition for coordinating and supporting military operations against terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and few African countries.