Pakistan changes stance on Saudi alliance

Pakistan changes stance on Saudi alliance |

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has reportedly decided to draw a red line over its inclusion in the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT). 

The decision was made after it was revealed that the Saudi authorities want this alliance to use against Iran.

Islamabad has made it clear that it would never be part of any military group against Iran.

The word was that the government has already joined the coalition, but when in April it granted permission to former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif to lead the 41-nation counter-terrorism alliance.

But Tribune report claims that the final decision had not yet been taken.
Pakistan decided to review its decision to join the alliance after the recent Arab Islamic-US summit in Riyadh where statements from Saudi authorities suggested that the alliance was meant to counter Iran as well as fighting terrorism.

Both government and Army had consensus on the matter that Pakistan will not be part of any anti-Iran policy or alliance.

In this regard, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on the floor of National Assembly assured that Pakistan would withdraw if the Saudi alliance turns out to be sectarian in nature.

Gen (Retd) Raheel Sharif had also made it clear to Saudis before accepting the foreign job that he would lead the grouping only if its main purpose was to fight terrorism and not aimed at any other Islamic country.

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