Federal cabinet grants NoC to Raheel Sharif: sources

Supreme Court had granted one-month time to the federal cabinet to decide the issue

Sohail Chaudhry January 18, 2019
Former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Friday granted a no-objection certificate (NoC) to former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif for foreign employment.

According to sources, the federal cabinet took the decision on NoC following a court order. They added that the government has submitted its report pertaining to the matter in the apex court.

The Supreme Court had granted one-month time to the federal cabinet to decide the issue.

On December 15, 2018, the Supreme Court had ruled that foreign employment of General (retd) Raheel Sharif shall cease with immediate effect if he is not granted an NoC by the federal cabinet within one month.

According to the detailed judgement issued by the apex court in dual nationality case on Saturday, the Supreme Court said that according to the law laid down by the court, only federal cabinet can grant permission to an ex-government servant to seek or take up employment as an officer or servant of a foreign government.

Earlier, the court was informed that Raheel Sharif was granted NoC by Ministry of Defence and the General Headquarters (GHQ).

It is pertinent to note here that the former army chief was appointed to head the Saudi-led military alliance of 41 Islamic countries in May 2017, six months after retiring as Pakistan’s chief of army staff.


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