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Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant-General Asim Bajwa on Monday rubbished rumours regarding an extension in General Raheel Sharif's tenure as Chief of Army Staff, quoting the Army chief as saying he will "retire on the due date" in November this year.

Speculation had been rife regarding an extension in the COAS' term after former military ruler Musharraf called for an extension in his tenure, warning against a change in the military leadership.

"What he is doing right now, it needs continuity and if there is any change in the leadership amidst this all, all good work which has been done so far would go to waste," Musharraf earlier said.

Bajwa in a series of tweets quoted the Army Chief as saying, "Pakistan Army is a great institution. I don't believe in extension and will retire on the due date."

"Speculations are baseless," the COAS said, adding, "Efforts to root out terrorism will continue with full vigour and resolve."

The announcement was lauded by a number of lawmakers and leaders belonging to various political parties.

Read: COAS Raheel Sharif made 'mediator' to end political crisis

The post of Army chief is inarguably the most powerful in Pakistan. On Nov 27, 2013, the government approved Sharif’s appointment for the post, a position that he took over from Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who stepped down on Nov 29, 2013.

Former army chief, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, served as military chief for six years after rules were relaxed to grant him an extension in July 2010 by the PPP-led coalition government in what then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said was in the interest of continuity at a time when the war on terror was ongoing against elements who wanted to impose a system of their choice on the country.

Profile: Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif

Born in Quetta on June 16, 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif, Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif grew up steeped in the military tradition.

He attained his formal education at Government College Lahore and later went on to attend the Pakistan Military Academy.

As a young officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an infantry brigade and also served as adjutant of Pakistan Military Academy.

Over the years, Sharif climbed up the military ladder mentored by Musharraf who handed him command of the 11th Infantry Division in Lahore.

He was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award and honour that is given to both civilians and military officers of the Pakistan armed forces.

Despite the common surname, Raheel Sharif is not related to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but is known to be close to tribal affairs minister Lieutenant-General Abdul Qadir Baloch, a key confidante of the Sharif family.

The general is married with two sons and a daughter.

Read more: Enter the General

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Comments (260) Closed

Zeeshan Jan 25, 2016 01:35pm

It is not the decision of the generals. The PM has to decide.

M.Saeed Jan 25, 2016 01:36pm

But, extension is a demand of the circumstances which is not anything out of way.

Niaz Jan 25, 2016 01:36pm

General may not believe, but in the best interest of Pakistan, the incomplete work need to be progressed and that requires for now our general.

Karachitee Jan 25, 2016 01:37pm

This was the response expected from Gen. Raheel Sharif but Sir nation needs you.

Assad Khan Jan 25, 2016 01:39pm

I think that should be the trend unless country is under war!

Naveed Jan 25, 2016 01:39pm

Sir you may not believe in extensions but the nation demands that you finish the job you started even if it means an extension.

Atif Khan Jan 25, 2016 01:40pm

If he retries he should be make defense minister b/c country needs him.

Anousherwan Jan 25, 2016 01:40pm

Good Decision!!

National interest is supreme, individuals come and go but country has to come first before any individual. I hope the new leadership after General Sharif continue with his legacy of zero tolerance on terrorism.

Hamid shafiq Jan 25, 2016 01:41pm

He is right institution is most important not a post we should support to institution not a personality or position. General Raheel sharif is a great general who lead an army of lions with weak political system and give time to politician to solve the problems but the politicians is not interested for good thing.

Delhi wala Jan 25, 2016 01:41pm

This guy is true and devoted soldier for his country . A big regard from India

Tariq Jan 25, 2016 01:41pm

Make Institution stronger rather than people. This is the only way things will get on right track.

Anonymous Jan 25, 2016 01:43pm

@Assad Khan We are at war, sir! Enemy need not be foreign!

Timeto stopthis Jan 25, 2016 01:43pm

@M.Saeed What circumstances? Nothing new or major is happening that hasnt happened before. His successor will be equally capable and will be able to deal with it.

Economy Jan 25, 2016 01:43pm

What a great soldier he is...putting his weight behind the institution and not some individuals...a hero...true leader of Pakistan...

Uzma Jan 25, 2016 01:45pm

A true soldier. We need such people running the country ... not who get richer and get their children on the feast too - once they get in power

tasleem ulhaq Jan 25, 2016 01:47pm

great general

Asif Kashmiri Jan 25, 2016 01:48pm

Great Man - Great General - SALUTE!!!

Asif Kashmiri Jan 25, 2016 01:49pm

@Delhi wala thanks yara.

pashtunyar Jan 25, 2016 01:50pm

Spoken like a true soldier! His statement reflects the realization in the army high command that the war against terrorism will go on for years just as Obama has said! Gen Raheels legacy will be best preserved if he opts to stay out of politics after retirement!

alfatmi Jan 25, 2016 01:52pm

Professional soldier to the core.

gerry dcunha Jan 25, 2016 01:52pm

he will be remembered in history as a general retired with dignity

Naseem Altaf Jan 25, 2016 01:52pm

The nation will never forget your greatness in making this statement. InshaAllah we will be seeing more of you ,after the lapse of a few years, in the arena of public service as Mr Rahil Sharif, as a new elected representative leader.

Striker Jan 25, 2016 01:52pm

One of the great Generals of the best Army in the world!

nithin Jan 25, 2016 01:53pm

As an Indian, I applaud this person's honesty and integrity.

Faisal Afzal Jan 25, 2016 01:54pm

Compare this to our tried and corrupt government. They'll come back no matter what it takes, from NRO to amendments in law. I respect his decision.

FM Jan 25, 2016 01:56pm

9/9 · Scored 100% Result: Field marshal... Guess i know more about the Gen then my Lessons :P

waqar Jan 25, 2016 01:56pm

Great general will leave us at the mercy of zardari and sharif. what a pity

M. Emad Jan 25, 2016 01:57pm

No EXTENSION ! really ?

Shahzad S Iqbal Jan 25, 2016 01:57pm

Good to know that - he should be made Interior Minister of Pakistan after retirement..

Multinational Bhabi Jan 25, 2016 01:59pm

Respect. We need to build institutions - not people. Regardless, General Raheel took up the most challenging assignment that his predecessor could not (in 6 years) and did a commendable job.

Syed Abdul Majeed Shah Jan 25, 2016 02:00pm

Interest of country demand that a determined person towards eradicating terrorism and corruption should head armed forces therefore extension should be granted to General Raheel Shareef & he should accept it in best interest of Pakistan . Further should carry on action in full thrust.

sonny afridi Jan 25, 2016 02:01pm

I am crying in despair on hearing this news,

shah Jan 25, 2016 02:02pm

Not good. He is a fearless leader and country needs his sustained efforts against terror and extremism.

Zak Jan 25, 2016 02:02pm

I know you are a honorable man, but for the sake of Pakistan you have to sacrifice your high principles and lead the nation until permanent peace rests here.

turbo Jan 25, 2016 02:05pm

kiyani didn't deserve an extension but perhaps this guy does

Satt Jan 25, 2016 02:06pm

A general is always a general he will still be active in secret services and helpful for the nation just like Parvez Musharraf after retirement and we will get to know lots of stories just like Parvez Musharraf tells us.

taimoor khan Jan 25, 2016 02:06pm

He should join politics and become next PM, we don't have hope in any current leaders.

k k tiwari Jan 25, 2016 02:06pm

He deserves As Foreign Minister &/ Defense Minister

taimoor khan Jan 25, 2016 02:09pm

Only enemies of Pakistan will be happy at this news, entire Pakistan will observe a day of sadness when he retires, our spirits will be very low.

Abbas Baloch Jan 25, 2016 02:10pm

But nation needs Raheel!

on looker Jan 25, 2016 02:13pm

Army is not barren - it is capable of churning out good leaders. An extension demoralizes the rank and file - as others are deprived of the opportunity to lead. Ayub, Yahaya, Zia, Mushraf and Kayani - all deprived their juniors the opportunity to lead which they reserved.

So Gen RS - GO HOME WITH YOUR HEAD HELD HIGH. I, like many missions others, respect you.

ahmad Jan 25, 2016 02:14pm

Right decision

Danish Jan 25, 2016 02:16pm

Sir, perhaps you don't have an option, when the complete nation demands your services for one more term.

Thought Jan 25, 2016 02:16pm

Then we are Pakistani too, we will come on streets and will request you to accept the extension. General you have to stay man, You are proud of our nation and finally we are getting out of this long mess.

einstein babar Jan 25, 2016 02:16pm

Sad day for Pakistanis on hearing this news.

sana Jan 25, 2016 02:20pm

I felt a blade in my heart after reading this article.

Jainy Jan 25, 2016 02:20pm

You are right COAS........... we don't need anyone to go for extensions and put a break on promotions in all over army. There are many more competent officers who can run army business well.... Have a good retirement life........ Bye Bye General

Qazi Saad Jan 25, 2016 02:20pm

We need him. Pakistan needs him

Hasan Jan 25, 2016 02:20pm

Raheel Sharif Zindabad. He should be given the position of Supreme Leader or else you will have the same crooks trying to fool people for the rest of our being.

Sami Jan 25, 2016 02:21pm

If he loves the country he need to stay other wise when he go they will start looting again

Farrukh Munir Jan 25, 2016 02:22pm

I admire him for saying this. It would have Ben better had he added "all other officers who can become COAS when he retires are equally capable of leading Pak Army and continuing the policies without any problem".

This issue of extension in service has to b brought to an end. No one wants to leave their post in our country and they have to be thrown out in the end. So, good luck Mr Sharif.

Asim Jan 25, 2016 02:22pm

For once it is need of the hour and nation's wish too.. Please consider.

ahmad Jan 25, 2016 02:25pm

@Thought Think again are you sure that you will come on the street to demand his extension? We are nation of dead people. We can only support him through this forum and nothing.

Usman Jan 25, 2016 02:25pm

Pakistan need your services for some time long General.

stranger Jan 25, 2016 02:25pm

Reconsider Sir. The country needs you. Your point is one of honor. But I think personal and professional honor are after country's need.

uk- expat Jan 25, 2016 02:25pm

Dear General Sahib, The whole country is supporting you and your team with the good work. You are leaving a lasting legacy,but please don't stop it yet as there is still lots to do. Please ,please stay we need you.

Ali Asghar Jan 25, 2016 02:27pm

Good decision. He has done his job. Let others take over and make the system stronger rather the individual

Syed Ahmed Jan 25, 2016 02:28pm

I respect his decision to take the retirement on time. I strongly believe that Pak Army will have another general who is as professional as Gen. Raheel Sharif. He is setting up the benchmark very high for every General to follow.

This Nation is proud to have a son like you.

lafanga Jan 25, 2016 02:29pm

Although I immensely admire Gen Raheel Sharif and what he has done for the country in last two years BUT I think he should pass on the baton to the next person, whom he has hopefully mentored and can continue the excellent work he has started. Institutions should not be tied to a person unless we believe that Pakistan army is incapable of producing another fine General. Pakistan army should not be like PMLN and PPP which is a domain of one single person or a family. I am sure the next general, rising from the mentor-ship of Gen Raheel, will be as good as Gen Raheel if not better.

FAISAL BAJWA Jan 25, 2016 02:35pm

I think he should get another star instead of a tenure extension and give the commanders of regional commands another star as well. This would make our defense structure much more flexible at inter corps level. Moreover CJCSC and his office should be made the for functional to increase the effectiveness & cooperation of all three forces and to enhance their joint operational capabilities.

zahid Jan 25, 2016 02:35pm

nation needs you!

RigourMortis Jan 25, 2016 02:37pm

Not only has General Raheel taken the right decision to retire on time, but he has also done well to make it public so early. Thank you General Sahib! Let's hope the next chief is someone equally brave and capable...

Salman Jan 25, 2016 02:37pm

Declare him Cheif Marshal he deserves this

Dr faizan Jan 25, 2016 02:40pm

So we go back to the ways of the old.... Political parties are happy. The corrupt can enjoy this.

K.Shah Jan 25, 2016 02:41pm

Just remember no one is indispensable. He can retire.

Neil M Jan 25, 2016 02:42pm

I see many people urging him to stay as the country needs him. I totally respect the sentiments of the people. But democracy should be governed by rules and constitution not the sentiments and opinions.

GS Jan 25, 2016 02:44pm

Looks like he had enough.

zahid Jan 25, 2016 02:48pm

not a good announcement; count down has been started!

Bilal Khattak Jan 25, 2016 02:48pm

But nation needs you sir and if it's your final decision then federal govt should give defense ministry to you after retirement.

liaqat ali Jan 25, 2016 02:48pm

Salute to the dignified general and respect for his decision .

Ayaz Ahmad Guru Jan 25, 2016 02:48pm

It's bandied about that Pakistan is in a state of war and in most crucial stage at this moment. Would it be possible and wise to change the most crucial figure in this war?

Sufiyan Jan 25, 2016 02:50pm

Great Leader has great intention, I salute him, but the extension is necessary for us specially extension of that genuine and sincere officer who would not like to keep his grip on his designation.

XYZ Jan 25, 2016 02:55pm

Wise decision by the General. Even wiser would be to join Musharaff after retirement.

Stutentsindhi Jan 25, 2016 02:58pm

Nothing but respect for you General . While extension feels tempting and justifiably desirable to the nation as a whole .. it is wise to let go as a hero when the time is right or else see oneself become a villian unrelenting . The law stands supreme . Glad the army is leading by example .

HumanFirst Jan 25, 2016 03:00pm

General Sharif has been the one and some argue the only shining light for Pakistan at a most difficult time providing a solid backbone that the nation so very much needed. Ultimately the decision to retire should be his and his alone so what musharaf is saying is of little consequence as he has too much to say on all matters. Pakistan will do well to learn from the general and put in place a equally decent and sincere person to replace him.

Shahid Jan 25, 2016 03:01pm

A very good news. We need him in the politics.

A Kay Jan 25, 2016 03:02pm

in normal circumstances, there is no need for any extension. But in our case here , we are at war , we have lost more innocent lives in this war , even compared to some other countries who are officially at war. One expect that all top brass should be capable of leading the forces , but not every person is the same. How Raheel Sahrif is leading this war from the front and the zeal he has shown to put this to the end "once and for all" , I doubt it can be matched.So in the best interest of this country PM & president on behalf of the nation , should request Raheel shareef to finish the task successfully.

Azmeen Jan 25, 2016 03:03pm

Believe it or not, country badly needs your key role in fighting the terrorism and supporting the democracy while keeping the politicians within limits. I am pretty sure, govt., will not allow you to retire in the best interest of country if they do care.

Faysal Jan 25, 2016 03:09pm

@on looker :agreed

JATIN Jan 25, 2016 03:09pm

Great decision.

irfan Jan 25, 2016 03:10pm

For the corrupt politicians it will be a good news . Rest of the nation will mourn . We need you sir.

S. Lalani Jan 25, 2016 03:10pm

Good decision. I am sure the new Army Chief will be equally competent and demonstrate firm resolve in fighting terrorism as did General Raheel Shareef.

ss Jan 25, 2016 03:11pm

What a man. The General has gone up in my esteem for his thoroughly professional decision.

Khanzada Jan 25, 2016 03:11pm

@Shahzad S Iqbal A General always gives orders and he should not work under corrupt politicians. He should remain a General as he is a brave soldier. Time has come we should decide who is going to lead us as leader, the army or the politicians or a leader. Industries are becoming bankrupt Pakistan Steel PIA etc. We should work to make unity in country and an stable strong economy. We need a leader.

Imran Soomro Jan 25, 2016 03:12pm

By saying that the Pak Army is the great institution, General Raheel believed that the army will follow the precedents going to be set by Chief of Army Staff. He is indeed a great soldier and an invaluable asset of this country.

Django Jan 25, 2016 03:14pm

We have got a hope after a long time. #Nationneedsyou!

Danish Jan 25, 2016 03:16pm

Sad news

Sunii Jan 25, 2016 03:17pm

He shall earn respect for being a honest professional soldier.

Hindutavi Rakshas Jan 25, 2016 03:18pm

Bad decision.

Manish Jan 25, 2016 03:19pm

He is a True Soldier , Being Indian I salute him .

Hindutavi Rakshas Jan 25, 2016 03:19pm

@Zeeshan a pm who came to poeer after massive rigging whose only 8nterests is to safeguard his own business by sidelining national interests.

Parvez Jan 25, 2016 03:22pm

A good man...........amongst a very, very few good men.

Tsriq Jan 25, 2016 03:24pm

In my opinion all good work he and his team has done so far needs continuity and he is the best person we know off,not undermining good people in line.I think it's about what Pakistan needs.

javed Jan 25, 2016 03:26pm

This is what leaders are made up what.

Rao Jee Jan 25, 2016 03:27pm

Please don't go sir, we need you :(

blunt Jan 25, 2016 03:29pm

A right decision indeed! welcomed!!

Saad Jan 25, 2016 03:29pm

A very good decision. He did a commendable job but it's time for him to leave. To my fellow countrymen! Have faith in your army. I am sure an equally capable person will replace him. Let's give chance to a new General to conclude the war.

Saim Jan 25, 2016 03:33pm

No No, we want Gen Raheel, the only hope in these times.

Ebrahim Jan 25, 2016 03:37pm

@Zeeshan It is the prerogative and decision of COAS whether to continue. PM decides but COAS has the right to decline.

Rashid Sultan Jan 25, 2016 03:40pm

@Zeeshan Not true here. It is and always has been the other way around.

Justice Jan 25, 2016 03:41pm

great man!!!!

Islamic Thekedar Jan 25, 2016 03:41pm

Institution should be bigger than the individuals.

Jehanzeb Idrees Jan 25, 2016 03:57pm

Its sad to see a Chief to come out and say that ... speak volumes of our civvies' control on the State.

Threat Alert Jan 25, 2016 03:59pm

Good decision soldier. This nation will always remember your services with great respect and admiration. We hope that new chief will take inspiration from you and continue to develop army as a formidable bulwark against all the internal and external threats.

By dispelling all the speculations, you have proved that you are true to your great family and military traditions. Pakistan Army and the people of Pakistan are proud of your services you have rendered for this nation.

A salute from a common Pakistan.

Muhammad Uzair Jan 25, 2016 04:00pm

Pakistan army is a great institution and there are a number of competent soldiers who can carry his policies along. A great decision and it was expected of him as a great soldier. May he live long.....

Admirer. Jan 25, 2016 04:01pm

Good people make good decisions. This is one more good example of a good honest competent man, a rare quality. He may retire but his services and his contribution will never be forgotten.

Nazir Jan 25, 2016 04:01pm

@Zeeshan Everyone knows Pakistan has incompetent PM...He can't decide anything..

CATHOLIC FROM BANDRA Jan 25, 2016 04:12pm

This Guy is really Good. I truly appreciate him. Long Live Raheel....

Adnan Aziz Jan 25, 2016 04:13pm

A wise decision, General. None is indispensable. However, we have a culture of routine extensions. Let us see what happens.

A Sheikh Jan 25, 2016 04:15pm

PM Sharif, I believe you want what is best of the country. Right now the best interest of the country demands that Gen. Sharif continue with the wonderful work he has started. Corruption cannot be rooted out by political parties.

Muhammad Jan 25, 2016 04:21pm

Best of luck.

Dave Jan 25, 2016 04:23pm

If he does or does not retire. Pakistan stands to gain eitherway. As it shows that democracy and peoples will is here to stay. Now just hope that NS does not ask for any extension.

Rohit Sen Jan 25, 2016 04:23pm

He is the best thing that has happened to Pakistan. Hope for pakistan's sake he stays on. Seems like a guy of principle and integrity. Much better than his predecessor I dare say

Muhammad Arshad Jan 25, 2016 04:24pm

Great Work so far from Him, Extension or Retirement, either way we are thankful to General Raheel Sharif......

Mustafa Jan 25, 2016 04:24pm

If its true then at last sanity prevailed. A good decision will set the good precedent. This shift from people to institutions will be a healthy change.

M Jamal Jan 25, 2016 04:32pm

A true and honest person.This is the family background and he know how to preserve this.You work for your institution, and country and there are always better people to serve the country.

Muhammad Chaudhry Jan 25, 2016 04:32pm

great person he is. I think it is the right decision otherwise every one will look such things on one or other reason. This will deprive the promotion of the people coming up and aiming for that position. We should make institution strong otherwise what will happen after another one or 2 years of extension of this great person.

Muhammad Chaudhry Jan 25, 2016 04:34pm

@Dr faizan lets hope all next general follow his footsteps not the musharraf or kiani

Factual Jan 25, 2016 04:35pm

General is also a master strategist. He will retire on time as an honorable man but by doing and announcing so he is achieving two goals.

  1. Putting our power hungry politicians in a very awkward situation who would have loved to make him stay and thus taint his image.

  2. Sending a strong message to Pakistani people to believe in themselves as a nation and stop making demi-gods out of personalities.

Very long term thinking that too with honour and personal example.

Guest66 Jan 25, 2016 04:36pm

That would be a Good precedence set if he serves his full term and pass on the COAS job to the next most capable person among the eligible brass heads .

SHAHID MAHMOOD Jan 25, 2016 04:36pm

@Jehanzeb Idrees These so called civics are the ones who are forcing him to say what he said. They think they can run this country, but they are looting it and the money ends up in other foreign countries. They are a political Mafia. What they are doing is all in front of your eyes. Nothing is going to change unless people of Pakistan bring in ordinary loyal People to run this country.

Muhammad Chaudhry Jan 25, 2016 04:37pm

@Nazir ok bring gilani or Raja ashraf back. hope they can decide better than him. IK decision we have seen in Assembly or KPK. you will also see response to IK decision in 2018 election

Faraz I Hussain Jan 25, 2016 04:38pm

I hope whoever comes is a lot more harsher then you, sir. You've tried your best indeed, Thank you General Raheel Sharif. Unfortunately, we're being run by crooks. From our prime minster, right down to our bureaucrats.

xpakistani Jan 25, 2016 04:40pm

This means that he has great belief in the army as an institution. We hope, that all leaders in Pakistan learn from that, and develop a similar approach.

Waseem Malik Jan 25, 2016 05:01pm

Please, stay 4 more years at least. Pakistan needs brave soldiers like you. Please.

fas Jan 25, 2016 05:01pm

Pakistan needs you

athar Jan 25, 2016 05:09pm

good news. No one is indispensable, only organizations matters. Hats off.

Khan Jan 25, 2016 05:09pm

PPP should be loving this news !!!!

khanm Jan 25, 2016 05:15pm

I don't believe in extension, will retire on due date: Gen Raheel Sharif... Probably general says enough is enough... It is not worth it... unless it is martial law..

Kamran Jan 25, 2016 05:16pm

@Zeeshan. Its for the general to decide if he wants to continue or not. He can refuse it if he may.

salman Jan 25, 2016 05:16pm

We need some like him who can make right decision on right time.

Whatacountry Jan 25, 2016 05:17pm

@Zeeshan you are petty. It is the decision of a proud General. Got it?

Whatacountry Jan 25, 2016 05:19pm

@Anousherwan zero tolerance for terrorism is well past. We need zero tolerance for corrupt governance.

Gustaakh Jan 25, 2016 05:19pm

Good decision General, and an honourable one. Make the institution stronger.

JK Jan 25, 2016 05:24pm

How can we let him go? why only good people left and corrupt stay to tear us apart?

Leo Jan 25, 2016 05:24pm

He should stay on , may be in an advisory role to get Pakistan and also to an extent India out of the mess.. He has shown a great character!

Freda Shah Jan 25, 2016 05:26pm

General Raheel Sharif has provided superb leadership at an extremely difficult juncture in Pakistan's history. In the national interest, he must be prevailed upon to stay on the job until his task is complete.

Alien Jan 25, 2016 05:27pm

Good Decision from COAS......... if he decided to stay ........ later on people will call him Dictator as well ......although he is more popular than any other civil or military Person.......... being time.........

Anon Mouse Jan 25, 2016 05:28pm

I pray that his successor will be as capable as him and would provide much needed continuity to the current policies and operations being carried out.

jawaid Jan 25, 2016 05:30pm

He is a man of dignity and true solider.

Aziz Jan 25, 2016 05:33pm


Sir, agreed 100 per cent. But the responsibility of running Pakistan properly eventually rests with the people of Pakistan. They should choose their representatives carefully. No civilised society asks its soldiers to protect it from external AND internal enemies at the same time.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Jan 25, 2016 05:39pm

@Faraz I Hussain fully agree Sir.

M. Siddique Jan 25, 2016 05:39pm

He is setting a good precedence. Great.

Syed Hussain Akbari Jan 25, 2016 05:48pm

General Sahib you are a great person. Any politician in Pakistan is miles away from you. General Perwaiz Musharraf could have been a match but nobody knows how he would come forward in today's corrupt political society of Pakistan. General Raheel Sharif please do reconsider your descition about your retirement. All sorts of Mullas and agents of our enemy countries which are mainly four are waiting for your retirement to boost their destructive activities harming Pakistan. Please General Sahib only you can give peace to Pakistan. The politicians if not checked by people like you will make piece of Pakistan.

Einstein Babar Jan 25, 2016 05:51pm

180 million people of Pakistan wants his extension and few politicians don't want, let's see how democratic Pakistan is.

A shah Jan 25, 2016 05:52pm

Good riddance

A Hadi Jan 25, 2016 05:55pm

Excellent example. I hope new chief will continue efforts against terrorism and also stay away from Saudi calls to join sunni military force. Army should continue to work in the best interests of country but not to serve slaves and beneficiaries of so called kings

Lobster Jan 25, 2016 06:01pm

That's that, folks! A serious #ThankyouRaheelSharif. You will be remembered as someone very special.

Long live Pakistan

N K Ali Jan 25, 2016 06:02pm

A noble man. A man who strongly believes in the continuity of the system and not individuals. Gen. Kayani (r) pales in comparison to serving COAS. Salams

Rashid Jan 25, 2016 06:05pm

Let the new and better ideas come

Faith Jan 25, 2016 06:11pm

I dont care who has the right to give extension or ask for one all I would like to see COAS to stay as long as it takes to clean the mess up...Mr COAS we are 1000% behind you..plz dont leave us in limbo

Mohammad Abbas Jan 25, 2016 06:35pm

He should be given an extension by the PM

khalil Jan 25, 2016 06:35pm

Institutions should not lead by a person. They should be strong enough so that whoever takes over does not change the policies. Through out the world army general retires . They don't get extensions. If he gets extension then this means that the other generals in line are incompetent. If they are unable to lead the army then why they become generals ???

M. Khan Jan 25, 2016 06:41pm

General, country needs you. You must stay. Your own belief of not taking extension is noble, but circumstances dictate the need for a brave, visionary, clean, and incorruptible person to continue.

Mohd. Jan 25, 2016 06:41pm

WE need you direly. The nation needs you terribly. Please two hundred million want your extension. Don't leave the country in the pack of hounds and wolves.

rolland Jan 25, 2016 06:42pm

Sir: Extension or not, as an NRI Indian I salute General Raheel Sharif for his courageous stand and fight against the Taliban and its associates in Pakistan. He is relentlessly fighting the ferocious foe that is demoralizing and destabilizing Pakistan at the cost of precious army lives. People all over the world are with General Sharif in his mission to rid Pakistan of terrorists. I must also point out that his predecessor General Ashfaq Kayani repeatedly refused to move on the Taliban for unknown reasons. I laud General Sharif's courage and determination. Rolland

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Jan 25, 2016 06:46pm

Highly commendable on part of this great soldier and great son of soil. Words will never suffice to tribute his selflessness, dedication and what he accomplished for the nation. A great soldier and at the same time a great constitutionalist imbued with true love for democracy. I hope he forms his own political party and succeeds to serve the country through the next elections.

Ali Jan 25, 2016 06:48pm


Remember who appointed Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif, did you really even really hear of him, before a wise choice from PM of Pakistan, Mohamad Nawaz Sharif. Our respect to both.

OZ Jan 25, 2016 06:50pm

@Assad Khan, country is under war.

Shafaat Jan 25, 2016 06:52pm

Extension of shareef is good for Pakistan.

jehanzeb Jan 25, 2016 06:57pm

A right action by Raheel Sharif. This will be best for Pakistan's future. Institutions and syatems should be strong rather than personalities. We will never welcome any martial law again. however, we will keep tight watch on democratic governments and do good opposition

raza Jan 25, 2016 07:00pm

Zardari and party is very happy now! isn't it?

Abdulla Hussain Jan 25, 2016 07:02pm

A respectable Salute to the army chief Gen. Raheel Shareef. Sir, you have undertaken your responsibilities in the best possible way. Good results are showing all around, the entire population of our beloved mother really appreciate your gesture of not seeking extension but at this juncture of time can we afford to change the rhythm & velocity of the ongoing action against internal & external terrorism & threats, the answer is NO. This is not because the nation has even a small iota of doubt in the future Army leadership, this is because the terrorists & enemy of Pakistan should not develop any misunderstanding or doubt about the continuation of action against them. Sir the nation needs you to please consider continuing as the Army chief for at least 3 years more from the end of your current tenure. Please.

Raghu Jan 25, 2016 07:04pm

Though from the larger interest and institutional building perspective his decision is laudable, I doubt this will be in the interest of immediate needs of the Nation.

More over, during his tenure, he has earned enmity of whole lot of Militants and they will be happiest lot to hear this news. And god forbid, may be planning revenge post his retirement. Honorable General, be safe!

May be best thing Happen to Pakistan.!

view Jan 25, 2016 07:12pm

Now its high time also to put limit to retire for politicians also at the age of 60 yaers.

faiz Jan 25, 2016 07:16pm

Mature response by army leadership which also shows maturity among army circles, because in world public institute ruined by extension of heads, extension suppress the incoming talent and promote buttering culture within institute. A positive man is always positive either in army dress or civilian dress. So it is good decision by general Raheel which shows his loyalty with his profession, country and open mind for incoming juniors generals to express their abilities, also discourage the lust for power.

Mohammad Akhtar Jan 25, 2016 07:21pm

NATION wants you to stay, you are our HERO.

A Concerned Citizen Jan 25, 2016 07:36pm

A disaster in waiting if he retires.

This is unfortunate but this is true!!

Pakistani Jan 25, 2016 07:48pm

The only wise decision taken by Nawaz Sharif in his entire life was to appoint Gen Raheel Sharif as Army Chief. Nation salutes you Gen Raheel. A real 'khandani' person.

Arslan Jan 25, 2016 07:50pm

@khanm If RS wanted to impose martial law, he had enough opportunities. Respect the man for who he is, what he's done and his stance, instead of trying to fabricate lies about him.

syed wasim haider Jan 25, 2016 07:50pm

Your retirement date is when all the mafias and terrorist organistations are finished.

Abdul Rahman Jan 25, 2016 07:51pm

SIR please consider to serve this nation little longer. Your work and effort is greatly appreciated and needed in this time of peril.

Aleem Jan 25, 2016 07:52pm

We should trust the institution that has produced Raheel Sharif is also capable of producing more generals with the same leadership and dynamism. The good general has led well and inshallah will be remembered as such, a good leader who inspired all others around him. The next crop of generals should be given the chance to lead the Army and continue to do even better than Gen Raheel Sharif. After all isn't this the legacy that any soldier would like to leave behind?

Kamran Maik Jan 25, 2016 07:53pm

A professional decision of a personality with integrity. I think, he should stick to his decision before he is made controversial like many others. Anyway, a country should not be dependent upon personalities and vested interests would try their level best to drag him into controversy and gain their personal benefits by inviting him to stay.

He proved it before at the time of dharna, and would prove it again by retiring on time, that he is a true professional and patrior Pakistani.

H Chaudhry Jan 25, 2016 08:00pm

Good. No person should be above system. System is 3 years and so be it! The persons change, systems need to continue.

H Chaudhry Jan 25, 2016 08:01pm

@Niaz Sorry No! General is like any other General. System needs to move.

H Chaudhry Jan 25, 2016 08:01pm

@Abdul Rahman Sir doesnt need to serve nation, institute needs to.

Najam Jan 25, 2016 08:10pm

Hats off to him. If he does accept extension, this will aid in building institution and his legacy of stepping away from power will live on.

Reminds me of George Washington who could have easily taken over reigns of power after defeating power but he resigned as commander in chief and helped nurture American democracy.

We salute you!!'

Umair Khalid Jan 25, 2016 08:18pm

Say Goodbye to Pakistan if he retires on time unless a similar or better COAS takes his place. Pakistan is surviving only because General Sharif took some tough decisions, otherwise these politicians would have caused havoc with their corruption and looting. General Sharif should have done more against the corruption of the politicians. I hope the new General is better than General sharif in removing corruption, loot and plunder done by the politicians.

Qamar Faruqui Jan 25, 2016 08:34pm

General you say this according to the normal norms but the nation say "NO" to your decision . If the country is not of the crisis you have to stay , how ? we don,t know.

salim Jan 25, 2016 08:40pm

I hope he forms his own political party after retirement

4N Jan 25, 2016 08:54pm

Every politician happy now. Respect for Gen Raheel is now more than ever before. A true soldier.

Naveed Jan 25, 2016 08:58pm

He if patriotic and the whole nation is proud of him wish other leaders should learn from him and also leave good name which will be remembered forever but the wealth they are trying to gain trough stealing the nation, that money will not last for long. So why not good name then temporary wealth? I respect his decision and ask him to do something more for pakistan as he is capable and we trust him as whole nation long live RS.

Orator Jan 25, 2016 09:11pm

In my opinion Gen Raheel must stay for long time as we need him desperately to grow Pakistan in peaceful environment. He is dedicated, sincere, honest and brave soldier and Pakistan can only progress under his guidance and supervision. He must eradicate all corrupt politicians and he must do this even he is unwilling to continue.

Sarwar, USA. Jan 25, 2016 09:14pm

90% of people of Pakistan demand Gen. Raheel Sharif extension. Dawn please do a survey.

Faiz Khilji Jan 25, 2016 09:18pm

@Assad Khan And aren't we Under War right now??

Malik Jan 25, 2016 09:21pm

Did you people listen to ISPR that army is an institution and they work with best policies. He should definitely retire for the best interest of the institution and next General and so on. Let the democratic institutions should grow and prosper too. PM also selected Musharaf and extension greed killed our democratic system. It should be mandatory by law and should be in our constitution that to retire COAS without the possibility of any of so kind extension. Power should be given to the constitution of Pakistan not the president or PM

Nadir kandani Jan 25, 2016 09:22pm

Our beloved General,s partenership with Nawaz Sharif is vital force for revival of drowning nation.Only these two leaders are leading the entire world.After his retirement enemy of state will begin their activities and culprits will begin their hienus crimes again.May he live long!

Kahn Jan 25, 2016 09:22pm

I think Rizwan Akhtar will be next COAS.

Walid Jan 25, 2016 09:23pm

Extension is the need of the hour and demand of every Pakistani. Gen Raheel should not run away from his patriotic duty.

Django Jan 25, 2016 09:33pm

If you go, who will save us from the TTP and Bike-riding target killers?

Rational Jan 25, 2016 09:38pm

He is doing his job ... Our job is not to let Sharifs and Zardaris come back

Azaad Jan 25, 2016 09:43pm

@Economy This is what civilized Generals do in civilized countries. Yes he is better than some of his predecessors, no he is not doing anything exceptional!! I respect this person though.

AdyLondon Jan 25, 2016 09:44pm

Politicians are very happy

Imran A. Jan 25, 2016 09:48pm

Musharraf started the legacy of going after terrorists. General Sharif, took it to the next level. I think we should respect General Sharif's decision. Just goes to show that if the institution are working right, only true talent will raise to the top. Judges need to bring justice in the judiciary system too. We can't expect anything from politicians, they will always be the lowest cast in the society.

Shafaat Jan 25, 2016 09:49pm

I see the reaction of Gen Shareef for his extension ...This is what PPP and Ishaq Dar wanted....Nawaz must extend his term since it is the demand of time...

Gokarn Jan 25, 2016 09:49pm

When General Raheel Sharif took baton from General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani nobody knew his qualities as an army chief. He proved himself by his actions and everybody is demanding an extension to him. So why anybody should doubt ability of General Sharif's successor.

Ali Jan 25, 2016 09:54pm

General Raheel Sharif is greatly respected and admired not just in Pakistan, but worldwide for his courageous leadership against the global War on Terror. Pakistan is considered the epicenter of world terrorism, therefore its imperative in the national interest that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extends his tenure of duty for continuity of his bold strategy and commitment to win this deadly war.

Marghoob Ahmed Siddiqui Jan 25, 2016 10:18pm

A man who can do some thing in the best interest of country has come after many years, perhaps first after Ayub Khan, and must remain in position for some more time.

Imran Jan 25, 2016 10:29pm

This may be a good decision for you sir but it is a bad new for Pakistan. Pakistan is kidnapped by greedy politicians, taking Pakistan to point of no return. Pakistan need a General like you more than ever.

Imran Jan 25, 2016 10:39pm

Well done Sir. True professional to the core.

khan Jan 25, 2016 10:42pm

Very sad news. I would like to see General in uniform until he carries out current tasks successfully.

Abdul Shakoor Narejo Jan 25, 2016 10:46pm

The decision of COAS General Raheel Sharif to retire on due date is a best decision as for as the morale of Pakistan army is concerned and it is in the larger interest of democracy in Pakistan. The actions taken by the current government with the push of the military general would be written in the history of Pakistan. No doubt the post of Chief of armed forces of Pakitan is more powerful than the any other post in a country like Pakistan but it also depends on the personality and the actions taken by the generals in their time. The important question which crops up immediately whether the new stepping in general would be such professional and continue action with full vigor against the ongoing malady of militancy and root out all types of extremism from Pakistan and bring peace and harmony in the country.

Abdul Shakoor Narejo Jan 25, 2016 10:49pm

@Zeeshan If the general show his willingness for extension in his tenure the PM surely will give extension but Raheel Sharif himself is not willing.

S. A. M. Jan 25, 2016 11:16pm

RAHEEL should reconsider his decision. country needs him badly.

lucky Jan 25, 2016 11:19pm

please do not leave us at mercy of terrorists.

Rick_james Jan 25, 2016 11:29pm

Please please don't retire Gen Shareef. The enemies of our country, including the corrupt politicians would love to see you go but we, the nation, will not let that happen.

Asad Jan 25, 2016 11:30pm

Good decision. This will definitely elevate respect for him in everyone's eyes.

However, the graveyard is full of indispensable people. The next in line must be given his due right to become COAS. You never know, he may even be brighter than him.

No more extensions!

amin Jan 25, 2016 11:47pm

dear sir your retirement is not a good omen for the nation you murt be given tenure track like professors because your work is very great

Khalid iqbal (patriot) Jan 26, 2016 12:04am

General sharif is the only honorable man in the present situation,if he leaves , we will be left with only the incompetent ,corrupt, beurocracy and the so called democracy.

Changez_Khan Jan 26, 2016 12:05am

Please Do NOT Retire. The nation needs you very badly, do not leave until your mission is accomplished and that is finish the terrorists.

Amir Jan 26, 2016 12:59am

Sir whole nation will be disappointed to see you go. Only Pakistan's enemies and corrupt politicians will be happy to see you go

Syed kamal Jan 26, 2016 01:13am

Sir your extension will serve the best interest of the country and nation, please consider it for the welfare of your countrymen.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jan 26, 2016 01:22am

Excellent and timely statement by the great general.

AHMAD GERMAN Jan 26, 2016 01:57am

Please get all those punk and corrupt politician before you retire. We all depending on you for clean up. Please do us a big big favor.


probono publico Jan 26, 2016 01:58am

Bravo! Gen-Raheel, bless you on your decision for extension, but you'll make a magnificent Minister of Defense that Pakistan ever had, . . .

Amin Jan 26, 2016 02:05am

Very good step. Stability of system is more important than one person. Congratulations Gen. Sharif.

Justice Jan 26, 2016 02:06am

@Zeeshan You are wrong, no one can force Pak Army General Raheel Sharif to take extension unless He wanted to stay willingly.

Justice Jan 26, 2016 02:09am

For the sake of Pakistan survival, I hope Raheel Sharif will form his own political party to challenge corrupt politicians.

Sarwar, USA. Jan 26, 2016 02:12am

@Malik ...Completely disagree... Saving corrupt politicians will destroy the country. We are not ready for western democracy. We have seen PPP(3 times) and PML N(3 times) total failure...

Mind Power Jan 26, 2016 02:25am

Continuity of Institution .....yes.....continuity of one

Riaz Uddin Jan 26, 2016 02:41am

Aftet categorically denial of CNC For seeking extension in service as confirmed and tweeted by ISPR. This chapter may be treated as closed for good.

independentthinker Jan 26, 2016 02:43am

It took years to find a person like him to take over the charge of our military. It will be to our disadvantage to see him go. I hope he reconsiders and stays on, until the job is complete!

AmirWellWisher Jan 26, 2016 02:44am

hail to the man

he was honest , upfront and was behind lots of great initiatives for Pakistan

Wish nothing but the best for you Sir

Ahsan Gul Jan 26, 2016 02:52am

Gen Sharief need to stay and complete missions to eradicate goons and terrorism. PPP and other parties want him to go as they want to lawlessness and chaos in country.

Omar Jan 26, 2016 02:59am

When someone asks how people feel hope in our country - show them this great mans photo.

Ghani K Jan 26, 2016 03:06am

Gen. Sharif should retire on due date, let next senior general take command, institution of the army is more important than individual.

Syed Ali Jan 26, 2016 03:27am

You have won the heart of the nation; commendable decision. Now form your political party, hopefully nation will support you; if not; then God Bless Pakistan.

SohailAnwar Jan 26, 2016 03:27am

PM created a way for himself to rule Pakistan three times? Will PM understand the wishes of a honest and straight forward general?

Syed Ali Jan 26, 2016 03:33am

@Niaz Nope; General Raheel should form his political party or align with like minded political parties, form a government "InshaAllah", and go full force against corruption, terrorism and nepotism; this is the call of the day. Now is the time for all the honest and good men to come to the aid of the plan that Gen will put forward once he retires.

Syed Ali Jan 26, 2016 03:34am

@Atif Khan He Should be the president of the Pakistan; enough of this parliamentary form of government; amend the constitution.

Syed Ali Jan 26, 2016 03:35am

@pashtunyar I agree with you half way; he should get into politics.

Abdul Rahman Khan Jan 26, 2016 03:41am

Every Jawan, or any rank, in the army thinks of the motherland and doesn't care for his own life. This has been proved scores of times by the Pak army, be it to defend the country or help in disasters and calamities. General RS your decision has undoubtedly taken you to the height of character but your decision is belying the opening sentence. The present or any other civilian government couldn't tackle the problems of today's Pakistan had you and your institution not helped. So please for God's sake don't make it your decision. The nation wants you to stay in. You have a very clear distinction from other generals who took over in the past. You belong to a family of Shaheeds. Remember Shaheed Aziz Bhtti and Shaheed Shabbir Sharif. The entire nations wants you. If you don't change what you are thinking about your redtirement/extension, the whole nation will come on the roads IN YOUR SUPPORT AND DEMANDING OF YOU TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THE NATION.

sid Jan 26, 2016 04:06am

Musharraf proven right... yet again

KP Jan 26, 2016 04:18am

A true professional and a pragmatist. He is right, the rules and regulations should hold for all; and should permit other capable cadres opportunity and hope for promotion.

Syed Waqar Ali Jan 26, 2016 05:02am

General Raheel Sharif commands respect. His decision clearly shows that he is an upright man and does not look for his own interest. Even after his retirement people will remember him with great respect. He will enjoy a special place in the history of Pakistan.

Khakanbabar Jan 26, 2016 05:07am

Gen Sharif, I salute you for your decision. You have made the nation proud, restored the military's moral and executeing your term as a capable COAS.

SachBol Jan 26, 2016 05:24am

There goes Karachi and Sindh in the tube. PPP looters will be back in the form.

Atif Jan 26, 2016 05:28am

@Assad Khan Country is under war

Lost Lakha Jan 26, 2016 05:35am

By Name You Are Raheel Shariff.

By your Deeds You Are Real Shariff.

As A Brave Soldier, You Defended Pak Borders.

You Have As Yet Much To Shoulder.

CrickfanUS Jan 26, 2016 05:45am

Wish all Shareefs in Pakistan were this shareef. Salute to the greatest General.

Farhan Jan 26, 2016 06:04am

Shall we ever have a system which takes care of these matters rather than a general himself have to tell this?

wshaikh Jan 26, 2016 06:13am

@M.Saeed System should work and no extension should be granted.

PAK Jan 26, 2016 06:25am

Sign of an honest man. Institution not person. All other leaders both military and civilian needs to follow. We need to make our institutions strong and empower people .

Arif Jan 26, 2016 06:32am

@Assad Khan country is undergoing a war

NS Jan 26, 2016 06:37am

General Sharif, Thanks for all the effort you put in to remove terrorism from the country, only a brave and honest man can do that.

schal Jan 26, 2016 07:13am

@pashtunyar As long as he is elected by fair means and conducts himself as an honest representative of people, why not? He can set an example to younger leaders.

schal Jan 26, 2016 07:14am

@k k tiwari After going through the electoral process.

schal Jan 26, 2016 07:16am

@Qazi Saad He can join politics and clean up the stable.

ali Jan 26, 2016 07:22am

Good decision let the institute's run institute are bigger than personatliy's.

khaleeq Jan 26, 2016 07:28am

Good decision of Gen Raheel Shareef.Salute to him .

Dr K Jan 26, 2016 07:47am

He will retire on time and then contest election.

Aro Jan 26, 2016 05:57pm

Extension is the need of the hour...

noor Jan 27, 2016 04:11am

@Satt super yara (-: (-: (-:

Arbab Jan 27, 2016 08:49am

Yeah let's praise him now for following the constitution. Pakistanis need to respect their constitution

ebrish Jan 27, 2016 12:52pm

He want to escape from the current situation of the country..he have earned enough popularity he don't want to loss this status..otherwise the country was need him at least for 2 years more to completely remove the corruption and terrorism but he not want to become controversial politically because some politician whose have made lots of Assets by corruption not want to see him more on this announcing this he want to become more popular among politician but the civil society will disappointed by his this decision.

IND Jan 27, 2016 02:34pm

Obviously a man with principle. Salut.

Pluto Jan 27, 2016 10:40pm

The pakistani nation will sign the extention. we simply cant afford to let him go.

ak4pk Jan 28, 2016 02:12am

Call of duty, the General is required to enter politics, lead the country and guide its destiny like a true "sharif" that he is. Pakistan has been waiting for such an individual, Pakistan will vote for him with their hands and feet. A word of caution to the General, do not disappoint.

Darvesh Jan 28, 2016 07:56am

A bold reply to all those expecting some concession in lieu of extension. And rest assured the NAP will keep on unabated against all criminals and terrorists, to it's logical end. Wishes of 20 crores Pakistanis are more sacred than few NRO benefited politicians.