Army chief turns 60 today

The birthday of Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif will turn 60 on June 16, 2016 (today), according to Wikipedia.

Defence sources said the term of the CoAS is of three years regardless of the age of superannuation.

Given that General Raheel Sharif took charge of the post on November 29, 2013, he is set to retire on November 28, 2016.

The appointment of CoAS is in principle for three years subject to extensions granted by the President of Pakistan on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, according to Wikipedia.

General Sharif, who became the Army Chief on November 29, 2013, is set to retire on November 28 this year after completing three years in office.

There is no provision in the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 with regard to an extension in service. However, extensions have been granted to army chiefs in the past, according to Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency’s (PILDAT) report.

It was unprecedented that an Army Chief to so early confirm that he would be leaving his office upon retirement.

Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on January 24, 2016 ended growing speculations about an extension in his tenure through a brief statement: “I don’t believe in extension and will retire on the due date.”

Reacting to General Raheel Sharif’s statement, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan had said his (CoAS) statement will strengthen the institution of the army as nations are built on strong institutions.

Former President Asif Ali Zardari had also said,”The army is a premier institution of the country, the cause of which will be best served if the tradition of extension in service is not allowed to gain roots”.

However, Pervez Musharraf called for extending the tenure of General Sharif and warned against a change in the military leadership, saying that “he was happy to see growing popularity of General Sharif because he was doing a wonderful job which needed to be continued”.  -Business Recorder