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Pakistan’s former army chief Raheel Sharif may have a new job

world Updated: Dec 30, 2016 07:10 IST
Raheel Sharif

In this photograph taken on November 13, 2016, Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif attends a ceremony in Gwadar port, some 700 kms west of Karachi. (AFP Photo)

Pakistan’s former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif is expected to be appointed as a defence advisor of a Saudi Arabia-led military alliance of 39 countries, according to a media report.

Sharif, who arrived in Saudi Arabia as a royal guest in a special plane, will attend a grand reception being hosted in his honour in Riyadh, the capital of the kingdom, The News International reported. The reception will also be attended by members of the royal family.

The Joint Command Centre, headquarters of the military alliance, is located in Riyadh.

The Saudi-led coalition, involving several Arab nations, launched a military operation in Yemen in March 2015 after Houthis drove out the government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is believed to be in exile in Saudi Arabia.

According to Saudi Arabia, the alliance is formed to fight the Islamic State and other militant outfits.

At the time of its constitution, there were 34 countries in the alliance which has raised to 39. The countries include Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Sudan, Malaysia, Egypt, Yemen and others.