Rawalpindi: Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) has been officially appointed as the new chief of Army Staff as the outgoing Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani handed over the command of Pakistan Army to the new army chief formally on Friday, Aaj News reported.
A change of command ceremony held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Friday morning in which Kayani handed Raheel Sharif a command stick that symbolizes the transfer of control of Pakistan Army.
With the change of command, General Shrif becomes 15th army chief of Pakistan.
Lets have a look on his profile:
Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif was born in Quetta on 16 June 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif. He is younger brother of Major Shabir Sharif, who received both the Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery in 1971 war, and Capt Mumtaz Sharif.
He is an alumnus of Govt College Lahore, and Pakistan Military Academy from where he passed out with 54th PMA Long Course.
He was Commissioned in Oct 1976 in the hardened and renowned 6th Battalion The Frontier Force Regiment in which his elder brother had embraced Shahadat.
As a young officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an Infantry Brigade and also served as Adjutant of Pakistan Military Academy. He did Company Commander’s course from Germany and subsequently served in the prestigious school of Infantry and Tactics as an instructor.
He attended the Command and Staff College Canada and graduated with distinction.
The Officer carries with him a vast experience of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. He served as the Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and has commanded two infantry units i.e 6 Frontier Force Regiment at Kashmir along LoC and 26 Frontier Force Regiment along the Sialkot Border.
He remained on the faculty of the Command and Staff College, Quetta and attended Armed Forces War Course at National Defence University, Islamabad in 1998.
As a Brigadier, he has commanded two Infantry Brigades, including an Independent Infantry Brigade Group.
The General has had the honor of being the Chief of Staff of two Corps, i.e 30 Corps and 12 Corps. He is also graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies, UK.
He has been the General Officer Commanding of an Infantry Division and the Commandant of Prestigious Pakistan Military Academy.
As a Lieutenant General, he served as Corps Commander 30 Corps for two years before taking over as Inspector General Training and Evaluation in which capacity he oversaw the training of Pakistan Army.
His stewardship resulted in fructification of Pakistan Army’s operational thought and doctrinal response to the much vaunted Cold Start doctrine of Indian Army.