ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday approved appointments of country’s top military brass and named a new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff. “On the advice of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and in pursuance of Article 243/4(a) and 243/4(b) of the Constitution of Pakistan, President of Pakistan and Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, Mamnoon Hussain has been pleased to promote and appoint Gen. Rashid Mehmood as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Gen. Raheel Sharif as Chief of the Army Staff,” a statement from the PM House said.
Lt General Raheel Sharif who has been promoted to the rank of General and appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff will take charge from the outgoing Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday (November 29), at a ceremony at the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi.
General Raheel Sharif was serving as Inspector General Training and Evaluation of Pakistan Army, while General Rashid Mehmoud was serving as the Chief of General Staff.
The new COAS is younger brother of Nishan-i-Haider recipient Major Shabbir Sharif.