Pakistan General to retire in November, won't seek extension

26 Jan 2016 | Written by Vaneet Randhawa; Edited by Vaneet Randhawa

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."

In context: Extend or not to extend: Pak General's dilemma

27 Nov 2013General Raheel Sharif takes on as Pakistan's Army head

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.

Anti-terror stanceGeneral Raheel Sharif's fight against terror

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.

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2015Several quarters seek Raheel's extension

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.

9 Jan 2016Nawaz government woos General for 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'.

26 Jan 2016Pakistan General to retire in November, won't seek extension

General Raheel won't follow his predecessors steps

Pakistan's past two military chiefs General Pervez Musharraf and General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had sought extensions of their terms instead of stepping down.
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07 Jan 2017Raheel Sharif appointed head of Islamic anti-terror alliance

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.

25 Jan 2017Pakistan 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.