Don't Believe in Extensions will Retire on Due Date - COAS
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Monday denied rumors pertaning to extension in his tenure as COAS saying "I don’t believe in extension and will retire on the due date."
According to Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt-General Asim Saleem Bajwa, the speculations about extension in service of COAS were false and completely baseless.
Speculations about extension in service of COAS are baseless.COAS said;"Pakistan Army is a great institution.I dont believe in extension-1/3— AsimBajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) January 25, 2016
and will retire on the due date.Efforts to route out terrorism will continue with full vigor and resolve-2/3— AsimBajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) January 25, 2016
Pakistan's national interest is supreme and will be safe guarded at all costs."-3/3— AsimBajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) January 25, 2016
Former army chief General Pervez Musharraf also backed the proposal of extension in tenure of COAS Raheel Sharif calling him ‘a great general who could change the days of Pakistan.’
A petition on Monday was also filed with the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking a three-year extension in the service of General Raheel Sharif. It is yet to be decided by the court if the petition was admissible or not.
General Raheel Sharif replaced General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani on November 27, 2013 when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formally confirmed his new position. He is due to retire in November this year.
As per rules of armed forces of Pakistan, any army chief can serve for a tenure of three years. President of Pakistan can extend the service of army chief on the advice of Prime Minister of Pakistan if any General also agrees at this.
Former army chiefs General Pervez Musharraf and General Ashraf Pervez Kiyani, both were given extensions in the services by then Chief Executive of Pakistan.
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