Pakistan

RAWALPINDI – Former military chief, retired Gen Raheel Sharif called on Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday.

According to a communique by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), matters of mutual interest including regional peace and stability were discussed during the meeting.

Raheel Sharif, who heads a 41-nation Saudi-led military coalition, arrived in Pakistan while leading the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition.

During the meeting, Gen Bajwa appreciated the efforts of the coalition towards regional peace and security.

The visit of Gen Sharif comes days before a scheduled visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is expected to land in Pakistan for the very first time in the ongoing week.

Gen (r) Raheel Sharif leads IMCTC delegation on first visit to Pakistan

The 41-nation alliance was announced in December 2015. Pakistan was part of the initial list of 34 countries that had agreed to become part of the coalition. Iran is not a part of the alliance.

Saudi Arabia had acquired the services of Gen (r) Raheel as head of the IMCTC cobbled together in December 2015.

According to IMCTC, the former chief “presents the Military Domain, which aims to assist in the coordination, of resourcing and planning of military CT operations, facilitate the secure sharing of information, and encourage military CT capacity and capability building.”