Is KSA backing an ex-army chief to replace Imran Khan?

Lahore, 30th August: Reportedly Saudi Arabia is backing Pakistan’s ex-army chief to replace Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.

According to reports from the Saudi local media, a rift between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia has led Riyadh to groom the South Asian state’s former army general to replace Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pakistani and Indian media reports say, General Raheel Sharif, the commander of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), is the preferred candidate.

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Previously, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had a close alliance, however, recently the relations between both got soured over Kashmir crisis with Pakistan apparently accusing the kingdom of inaction over the matter.

Since last August, Pakistan has pushed for the Saudi-led Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take action over India’s annexation of areas of the disputed territory. In particular, it has urged for a meeting of OIC foreign ministers, with limited success.

Relations soured further when Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi earlier this month warned that Pakistan may seek action outside of the Riyadh-led body.

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Saudi Arabia abruptly ended a $6.2 billion loan and oil supply deal to Pakistan over the criticism, allegedly forcing Islamabad to repay $1 billion already disbursed.

Speculations are rife that Pakistan’s ex-army chief General Raheel Shareef, the Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition since April 2017, is thought to be backed by the Kingdom to replace Pakistan’s current PM.

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