Raheel Sharif calls on PM Imran Khan to discuss regional security

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ISLAMABAD  – Former Pakistan army chief and Commander-In-Chief of Islamic Alliance against Terrorism (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) Raheel Sharif on Tuesday called on Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan.

The meeting discussed matters pertaining to the regional and international security, and effective measures taken by the coalition for countering terrorism.

Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his commitment to bring enduring peace and stability in Pakistan while supporting all peace initiatives for regional peace. PM emphasised greater regional cooperation to eradicate violence and extremism. PM appropriated IMCTC charter for its efforts towards counter violent extremism.

Sharif assured the PM that the alliance would continue its efforts to eradicate terrorism.

Earlier today, the former COAS called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He apprised Qureshi of the measures that were being taken by the coalition in order to combat terrorism, a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO) read.

Moreover, they analyzed matters of mutual interest and significance of regional peace and stability.

FM Qureshi lauded the efforts of the coalition force to establish peace and stability in the region, the statement added.

General (rtd) Raheel also met Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani at the latter’s chambers at the Parliament House. The former army chief is leading a delegation of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition on its maiden two-day visit to Pakistan.

Yesterday, he held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

According to the army’s media cell, in the meeting matters related to regional stability and peace were discussed. The army chief praised the efforts by the Islamic military coalition for enduring peace.

General (retd) Raheel was appointed as the chief of Islamic military coalition in 2017 in order to combat terrorism. The alliance was established on December 15, 2015 and initially its members were 34 but have now rose to 41.

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