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Lt Gen Haroon Aslam resigns after he fails to become Pakistan Army chief.

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  1. Eddie

    Eddie Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Lt Gen Haroon Aslam of the Pakistan Army today resigned a day after he was superseded by his two juniors who were made the new Army chief and the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.

    Aslam has sent his resignation letter to Defence Ministry from the GHQ, Geo News reported.

    Lt Gen Aslam had also skipped the farewell dinner hosted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last night for the outgoing Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

    He was the senior most General after Kayani. However, Sharif yesterday appointed Lt Gen Raheel Sharif as the 15th Chief of the Army Staff and Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood as the new CJCSC.

    Since, Aslam was superseded, many were expecting his resignation.

    Sharif had earlier said he would go by seniority to elect the new Army Chief but he chose the third most senior ranking General.

    Some analysts say that appointing Gen Mahmood as the CJCSC, a largely ceremonial post, is an attempt by the Prime Minister to sideline Gen Kayani's preferred candidate and reassert his authority over the military.

    It is believed that Lt Gen Aslam did not enjoy Kayani's support.

    The News reported that one of the reason for his non-selection was his "key role" as Director of Military Operations on October 12, 1999 alongwith the-then DGMO Major General Shahid Aziz to oust Sharif from power.

    Then, Brigadier Aslam led the team to arrest all the cabinet members, including Sharif.

    Another possible reason cited by the daily was that he was a Special Services Group commando and Sharif does not like commandos, particularly after his experience with Gen Pervez Musharraf.

    It reported that Aslam had yesterday phoned both his junior colleagues congratulating and greeting them on their promotions.

    Lt Gen Aslam has served as Director General of Military Operations, commanded the Elite Force Division of the Special Services Group and headed the Bahawalpur-based XXXI Corps.

    He also led the successful anti-Taliban operation in Swat Valley in 2009 and was due to retire on April 9 next year.

    Lt Gen Haroon Aslam resigns after he fails to become Pakistan Army chief - The Economic Times
     
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    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    A Small Fire Started and ............. :smokin:
     
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    Hope there will be no coup this time....However it does not seems like that.If some how Mr shareef can manege to keep army under his control, there will be some chance of improving relations with India.
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    better thing for Nawaz will be to make him a governor of some state in Pakistan and assuage his hurt feeling the way we do in India.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Seems like NS will have his hands full with this issue.
     
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    nawaz has never been famous among generald.
     
  7. Jungibaaz

    Jungibaaz Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    This is being played by the media as some sort of internal tension, that's not the case.
    He didn't leave to make a show or be upset about not being COAS, for a senior officer to be not given the role now, he is supposed to step down to let others.

    It is tradition and it's being misunderstood.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Tradition is a makeover, as THis General has not attended the Dinner hosted that night by NW after the announcement of COAS.
    But one thing for certain to be appreciated is the tight lip they have maintained in these resignations.

    ANd if it is tradition how come the rest of the generals have not resigned as per people knowledge the current Coas has superseded three generals. And in Earlier case too some superseded Generals have not resigned.
     
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    omya Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    killing, crying and fighting with brothers and friends since auragzeb nothing new :dude:
     
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