Pakistan Army ex-chief Raheel Sharif involved in land scandal
Official documents leaked to the media purportedly reveal that Pakistan Army's ex-Chief Raheel Sharif had been allocated a large tract of land in Lahore. The documents, which were circulated around social media and were also published by newspapers, displayed that Sharif was gifted 90 acres of land on Bedian Road in the capital of Punjab province through the army-controlled Border Area Committee.
Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif was delegated as Pakistan's new Chief of Army Staff (COAS). He was appointed by President Mamnoon Hussain on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to hold the top-most security position in Pakistan. His immediate tasks included tackling Taliban insurgency, improving vexed relations with India and the wrapping up of the 12-year NATO mission in neighbouring Afghanistan.
General Raheel Sharif has been hailed by all sections for having shifted the army's "focus more towards carrying out counter-insurgency operations against Taliban militants". He has been successful in highlighting that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants within Pakistan are as much peril as India, if not more. In a matter of 1.5 years, he transformed Pakistan's security situation winning accolades from all.
Since he took office, General Sharif has led a successful anti-terror operation targeting the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) for terrorist links. Imran Khan's party, the Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan (PTI) had wanted an extension of Raheel Sharif's term. Time and again, influential writers in Pakistan have written countless articles glorifying the army chief in an attempt to strengthen public predilection in support of an extension.
The Nawaz Sharif government has informally made a 'lucrative offer' to Army General Headquarters (GHQ) regarding General Raheel's extension. The government has proposed COAS to either extend his term or take the post of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee with added power of army chief. However, sources claim General Raheel seems reluctant to accept the Pakistan Muslim League's 'offer'.
Pakistan's Army chief General Raheel Sharif negated rumours that he'd be seeking extension in service as Pakistan's military chief. Asim Salim Bajwa, the army spokesperson said: "Speculation about extension in service of COAS is baseless". General Raheel said that the "Pakistan Army is a great institution. I don't believe in extension and will retire on the due date."
Pakistan's past two military chiefs General Pervez Musharraf and General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had sought extensions of their terms instead of stepping down.
Pakistan appointed its former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to head a Saudi Arabia-led 39-nation Islamic military coalition to battle terrorism. This new Saudi-led coalition will be headquartered in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia had named Pakistan as part of its newly-formed military coalition of Muslim countries to combat terrorism without getting Pakistan's prior consent. Pakistan had relented support after initial ambiguity.