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Gen Sharif did not obtain NOC from Cabinet before joining Saudi-led military alliance, SC told

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's former Gen did not obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Cabinet before leaving for to head a 41-nation military alliance, the general informed the today.

The apex court had asked the government last week how it allowed Sharif and (ISI) Lt to take up jobs abroad despite a law barring officers from accepting employment for two years post-retirement.

After the retirement in 2016, Sharif left for to head a military alliance of Muslim countries led by

During the hearing of a suo motu case regarding dual nationality of civil servants and judges, General said that as per the law, the NOC is issued by the to government officers willing to join service in foreign lands, Dawn reported.

He said that it is required for the NOC to be approved by the Cabinet under government service rules.

Khan presented the legal perspective after informed the court that it was the defence ministry which had granted NOC to Gen (retd) Sharif after (GHQ) cleared him to accept the post of of the military alliance.

Speaking about Pasha, the told the court that the former ISI has informed in his reply that he is currently unemployed.

According to media reports, after retirement in 2012, the former ISI chief worked with a multinational firm based in the UAE. He now serves as to a Lahore-based firm owned by a Pakistani

The court had asked the to furnish the NOCs issued by the government to Sharif and Pasha for joining foreign jobs.

A three-judge bench headed by 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," he said during the hearing, observing that the authority of the is controlled by the Cabinet. He said the matter at hand was of an urgent nature.

The hearing was adjourned till an unannounced date after the summer vacations as the general and sought time to refer the matter of NOC to the cabinet, the paper said.

Sharif's appointment as the of the Saudi-led military alliance sparked debate over how the move will impact Pakistan's foreign policy, and whether it was fully sanctioned by parliament.

His appointment had been criticised by some Pakistani politicians, retired army officers, journalists, intellectuals.

The Saudi-led coalition was envisaged to serve as a platform for security cooperation, including provision of training, equipment and troops, and involvement of religious scholars for dealing with extremism.

The had surprised many countries by announcing that it had forged a coalition for coordinating and supporting military operations against terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and

Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-rival for influence in the Arab world, was absent from the states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional powers rage from to was also missing from the list of member states.

has good ties with both and

The then had defended the Gen (retd.) Sharif's appointment, saying it was an administrative decision and not linked to the conflict in

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 17:55 IST