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Raheel Sharif to retire on due date: Pak Army


Raheel Sharif

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army has confirmed that Army Chief General Raheel Sharif is not interested in any extension of his tenure. ISPR Director General Lt-General Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a Twitter message that ‘speculations about extension in service of Army Chief are baseless.’

The Pakistan Army rubbished reports that the army chief would seek to extend his tenure from three to four years, reports The Express Tribune. Earlier, the federal government dropped the clearest hint that it is ready to back a proposal to extend the tenure of chief of the army staff’s office from three to four years.

The idea of extension in tenures is a continuation of former military General Pervez Musharraf who gave extensions to himself from 2001 to 2008 and then General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani who was given extensions in his normal tenure and he ended up serving in the role for six years.