Pakistan's former army chief Raheel Sharif has been appointed as head of Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries to fight terrorism, Pakistan's defence minister confirmed Friday.
Speaking to GEO TV, Khwaja Asif admitted that an agreement had been finalised few days ago, refusing to comment further.
He suggested that the decision to appoint Sharif was taken after taking the incumbent government into confidence.
Asked if the decision was taken in Riyadh or Islamabad, the minister replied: “No, definitely our government’s consent must have been part of this.”
Raheel Sharif, 60, retired as Pakistani army chief in November last year and was replaced by Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Saudi Arabia announced the formation of the Islamic anti-terror coalition in December 2015.
Currently, the alliance has 41 members including also Afghanistan.