Raheel Sharif did not obtain NOC for heading Saudi military alliance: SC apprised

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan was appriesed by the attorney general that erstwhile army chief Gen Raheel Sharif did not obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the ex-federal cabinet headed by deposed premier Nawaz Sharif before leaving for Saudi Arabia to head a 41-nation military alliance against IS.

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During the hearing of a suo motu case regarding dual nationality of civil servants and judges, Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan further remarked that as per the law, the NOC is issued by the federal government to government officers willing to join service in foreign lands.

Speaking about Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha, the secretary told the court that the former ISI director general has informed in his reply that he is currently unemployed.

After hearing all sides, a three-judge bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar ordered authorities that the matter of Sharif’s appointment be placed before the federal cabinet for a regular approval (or disapproval).

“We have to proceed according to the law,” the CJP said during the hearing, observing that the authority of the federal government is controlled by the cabinet. He said the matter at hand was of an urgent nature.

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