RAWALPINDI: After a lot of speculations for over a year, final decision on Army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s extension has been taken.
According to reports available to TheNewsTribe.com, COAS Gen Raheel Sharif will retire on the due date of November 28, 2016, just as he had previously announced.
Following the tradition of Pakistan Army, Gen Raheel has begun to take farewell visits, and as per TNT correspondent from Islamabad, Prime Minister House has already started preparations for a befitting sendoff.
According to TNT correspondent, after the name of next probable Army Chief was released, it was clear that present chief will take leave on the due date.
General Raheel Sharif is one of the most popular and respected Army Chief in Pakistan’s history. He was named as best military commander general in the world for 2015 by ABC News Point.
On 27 November 2013, Sharif was appointed as the 15th Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and will retire as Chief of Army Staff Pakistan in November 2016.
As the available information suggest, Lieutenant General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad will be the 16th Chief of Army Staff, replacing General Raheel Sharif.
General Ishfaq Nadeem is currently serving as Corps Commander of 2 Corps.
Belonging to 34-AK, Lt Gen Ishfaq commanded a strike infantry division and led successful military operation in Swat.
He was also Chief of Staff of strike Corps Mangla as Brigadier and is rated as one of the finest soldiers in today’s Army.
Most probably, 16th COAS will be announced in last week of November, which will lead Pakistan army, sixth largest military force in world and second in South Asia. Handling eastern, western borders and fighting manic of terrorism which killed 60,000 people since 2002 and cost the economy $ 118 billion would be the great challenges for Army Chief.
New COAS will be the fifth Army Chief to be appointed by Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.