Pak army chief Raheel Sharif says he will retire on time

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif ended on Monday growing speculations about an extension in his tenure through a brief, but sudden statement that paved the way for the government to start considering his successor who will take up the job from him in about 10 months from now.

“I don’t believe in extension and will retire on the due date.”

Gen Sharif’s statement, quoted by a military spokesman in a tweet, shattered the quietness of the slow start to the week.

The 43-word statement issued on behalf of the army chief was meant to quash the debate on whether or not the government should give him an extension and if he would accept it.

Coincidentally, the statement came as a petition was filed in Supreme Court’s Lahore registry seeking an extension for him.

It was, however, unusual for an army chief to so early confirm that he would be leaving his office on retirement. Gen Sharif, who became the army chief on Nov 29, 2013, is set to retire on Nov 30 this year after completing three years in office.


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