General Kayani announces to retire on November 28

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has announced his retirement from 29th of next month.

In a statement Sunday he said that 28th November will be the last day of his service. “Institutions are more important than the individuals,” he said.

The Army Chief said he has served this great nation and had the privilege of commanding the finest Army of the world for six years to the best of his abilities and with the sincerest of intentions.

He said it is time for others to carry forward the mission of making Pakistan a truly democratic‚ prosperous and peaceful country that embodies the finest dreams our founding fathers had envisaged for us.

Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said as he completes his tenure the will of the people has taken root and a constitutional order is in place.

He said the armed forces of Pakistan fully support and want to strengthen this democratic order. He said Pakistan Army has made its contribution towards this desired end with complete clarity of mind and a comprehensive understanding of the trajectory Pakistan needs to take. He said they have also proven‚ on countless occasions‚ through their priceless sacrifices that the defence and prosperity of Pakistan is their highest priority.

The Chief of the Army Staff said that for quite some time‚ his current responsibilities and likely future plans have been debated in the media with all sorts of rumours and speculations doing the rounds. The subject of being entrusted with new duties has also come up in several reports. He said that he is grateful to the political leadership and the nation for reposing their trust in him and Pakistan Army at this important juncture of national history. He said institutions and traditions are stronger than individuals and must take precedence.

“My tenure ends on 29th November 2013. On that day I will retire. May the Almighty Allah help and guide us all,” the statement saidl.