Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant-General Asim Bajwa on Monday has rubbished reports regarding extension of General Raheel Sharif’s tenure as Chief of Army Staff, quoting Gen Raheel Sharif as saying he will “retire on the due date”.
In a series of tweets by the director general of the military’s media wing, Army Chief General Raheel was quoted as saying, “Pakistan Army is a great institution. I don’t believe in extension and will retire on the due date.”
The post of Army chief is inarguably the most powerful in Pakistan and speculation had recently been rife regarding the extension in Gen Raheel Sharif’s tenure.
Profile: Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif
Born in Quetta on June 16, 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif, Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif grew up steeped in the military tradition.
He attained his formal education at Government College Lahore and later went on to attend the Pakistan Military Academy.
As a young officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an infantry brigade and also served as adjutant of Pakistan Military Academy.
Over the years, Sharif climbed up the military ladder mentored by Musharraf who handed him command of the 11th Infantry Division in Lahore.
Despite the common surname, Raheel Sharif is not related to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but is known to be close to tribal affairs minister Lieutenant-General Abdul Qadir Baloch, a key confidante of the Sharif family.