Islamic Military Alliance: Senior journalist reveals biggest hurdle in Gen. Raheel Sharif’s appointment

Mahmood Idrees 06:37 PM | 14 Jan, 2017
Islamic Military Alliance: Senior journalist reveals biggest hurdle in Gen. Raheel Sharif’s appointment
LAHORE - The matter of former army chief General (r) Raheel Sharif’s appointment as the commander of Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance has opened a new Pandora box, with analysts believing massive pressure from United States, Russia and Iran as the ‘biggest hurdle’ in confirming the general’s position.

Zia Shahid, a senior journalist while talking in a TV programme said that news items regarding the appointment of former Army chief as head of Islamic alliance were being published for months but the government did not give denial over it. The defence minister also approved it but changed his statement after two days due to the opposition of US, Russia and Iran.

The Saudi government had surprised many countries by announcing the establishment of an alliance for coordinating and supporting military operations against terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan. At the time of its constitution, there were 34 countries in the alliance which has raised to 39.

There were speculations that General (r) Raheel Sharif would be made chief of the alliance. Earlier, on January 6, Khawaja Asif had confirmed speculations regarding the appointment of the former army chief to the aforementioned job, but he changed his statement is Senate saying “General Raheel had not applied for NOC yet”.

Zia Shahid said that it is expected that king of Saudi Arabia would contact Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in coming days and likely to assert his demand regarding the appointment of Raheel Sharif.

He said that the pressure, which is being developed by the three countries, might force the defence minister to take a U-turn on the issue. The countries like Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are not the part of the alliance, Shahid added.

He highlighted that US President Barack Obama’s administration had endorsed the establishment of the force, but President-elect Donald Trump is not supporting it; therefore, the Pakistan’s minister has changed his statement.

Currently, Syria and Saudi Arabia is in state of war and Russia is opposing the alliance by backing the Syria government, he said.

A campaign has been launched against Raheel Sharif on social media but he did not respond to it, but his colleague generals were supporting him and his appointment as chief of Islamic Military Alliance.

He said that General (r) Amjad Shoaib has asked the government to allow the Raheel Sharif for joining the Islamic force.

“I do not agree with a rubbish argument that Raheel Sharif will expose the secrets of Pakistan Army if he is allowed to head the Islamic alliance force,” he said, adding that many army officers and police officers are performing their duties in different countries under the United Nations programme.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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