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Raheel Sharif to be new Pak army chief

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    ISLAMABAD: Ending weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on November 27, appointed Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif Pakistan's new army chief and Lieutenant General Rashid Mehmood chairman joint chiefs of staff committee.

    Prime Minister Sharif recommended the names of the two commanders which were endorsed by President Mamnoon Hussain. The President promoted both the lieutenant general to general rank.

    Lieutenant General Sharif will replace 61-year-old General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who would hang his boots on Friday after being at the helm of the army for six years.

    Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Sharif held separate meetings here with the chief of general staff Lieutenant General Mahmood and inspector general training and evaluation Lieutenant General Sharif.

    "The meetings discussed professional matters and matters relating to national security," a senior government official told PTI.

    Lieutenant General Sharif's prior appointments include Commander, Gujranwala XXX Corps, Commandant of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul and General Officer Commanding Lahore.

    Lieutenant General Mahmood has served as the corps commander of Lahore. He was also the military secretary to former President Rafiq Tarar.

    Mahmood comes from Baloch Regiment and had served under General Kayani as ISI deputy director general.

    Both generals have superseded Lieutenant General Haroon Aslam, currently chief of logistics staff and the senior-most general after Kayani. He is scheduled to retire in April.

    In a surprise move, Kayani had scotched speculation of a possible extension by issuing a statement on October 6 saying, "My tenure ends on November, 29, 2013. On that day I will retire."

    A change of command ceremony has been planned for November 29. Sharif will today host a farewell dinner for Kayani on Wednesday.


    Raheel Sharif to be new Pak army chief - The Times of India
     
  2. marshal panda

    marshal panda Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Does not mean a thing to India. Every one born in Lanka is a rakhsas - as the saying goes !
     
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    rocky.idf BANNED BANNED

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    Only Generals sporting mustache took over govt in Pakistan:

    Ayub Khan (Mustache) Coup
    Yahya (Mustache)
    Gen Zia-ul-Haq (Mustache) Coup
    Aslam-Baig (No mustache NO COUP)
    Gen Musharaf (Mustache) Coup
    Gen Kiyani (No mustache NO COUP)
    Now Chief does have a Mustache. Hmmmm!
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Congrats to Pak for appointment of their new Chief of Army.
     
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    His brother Shabbir Sharif had won Pakistan's VC, the NH posthumously fighting Indians in 1971 in the west.
     
  6. Manmohan Yadav

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    hey, that's a very nice observation,

    THANKS !!!
     
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    The new General does belong to "Sharif" family, I guess that might bring in some loyalty to the Sharif clan.

    So does your prediction also depend on the size of type of mustache? We might start synchronising our watches
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    Pakistan chooses moderate Raheel Sharif to take over as army chief

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan named a career infantry officer considered a moderate as army chief on Wednesday as the country fights a Taliban insurgency and seeks accord with the United States on how to stabilise neighbouring Afghanistan.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced that Lieutenant-General Raheel Sharif, brother of a war hero, would take charge of the world's sixth-largest army, with a formal handover from General Ashfaq Kayani on Friday.

    The announcement comes as tension with India over Kashmir is rising and as the United States seeks Pakistan's help in bringing peace to Afghanistan ahead of the withdrawal of most Western forces there next year.

    The army chief is arguably the most powerful person in Pakistan, with the military having ruled the country for more than half its 66-year history since independence from Britain.

    Nawaz Sharif has declared he wanted to disentangle the military from politics but the military is unlikely to relinquish its hold at such a sensitive time.

    "Nawaz should know that whether it is Raheel Sharif or someone else as army chief, he won't do the PM's bidding - he will be driven by the institution first and last," said security analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi.

    The prime minister also named water and power minister Khawja Muhammad Asif as defence minister. The prime minister had held the portfolio since being elected in May.

    Here are 10 important things you should know about Raheel Sharif:

    1. New army chief Raheel Sharif is not related to prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

    2. Raheel Sharif received his military commission in 1976 and studied military leadership in Germany, Canada and Britain.

    3. Raheel Sharif's brother, Major Shabbir Sharif, received two of the country's highest military awards for his action during the 1971 India-Pakistan war in which he was killed.

    4. Raheel Sharif is known to be close to tribal affairs minister Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch, a key confidante of the Sharif family.

    5. As a brigadier, he has commanded two infantry brigades including an independent infantry brigade group.

    6. As a Lt Gen, Sharif served as Corps Commander for two years before taking over as inspector general training and evaluation in which capacity he oversaw the training of Pakistan Army, the Dawn reports.

    7. Raheel Sharif had been awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour that is given to both civilians and military officers of the Pakistan armed forces.

    8. Raheel Sharif will assume charge as army chief on November 29.

    9. Raheel Sharif was born in Quetta on June 16, 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif.

    10. The general is married with two sons and a daughter.

    Pakistan chooses moderate Raheel Sharif to take over as army chief - The Times of India
     
  9. Paliwal Warrior

    Paliwal Warrior Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    indian hatred is an institutional thing in PAK army and the PAK public psych.
    dosent matter who becomes PA chief - the situation for india will remain the same at least for a few more generations if the tings change by then
     
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    Size/type of Mustache can be adjusted to suit the need - if you know what I mean.
     
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    Lt Gen Haroon Aslam resigns after he fails to become army chief

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    Islamabad: 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 (CJSCS).

    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 side line 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 reasons for his non-selection was his "key role" as Director of Military Operations on October 12, 1999 along with 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.

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    Gen Sharif shifted army from India-centric position: Daily

    Pakistan’s new army chief General Raheel Sharif is credited with “shifting the army away from its India-centric position”, said a daily here Friday.

    An editorial in the News International said that the appointment of General Raheel Sharif to take over from General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as the next chief of army staff is surprising in at least one respect.

    “Sharif, unlike other touted contenders like Haroon Aslam and Tariq Khan, never led troops in operations against the Taliban.”

    It said that while Sharif does not have recent combat experience against the Pakistani Taliban, “there are several reasons to believe that he may end up being just the COAS (chief of army staff) we need at this point in our history”.

    “He is credited with shifting the army away from its India-centric position and recognising that the domestic threat may be the greater challenge we face right now.”

    “In January, the army updated its Green Book to include the threat of internal terrorism for the first time, a move that Sharif is believed to have played a part in.”

    The daily noted that Sharif is also “credited with devising responses to India’s Cold Start military doctrine and changing the training manual to reflect the new priority of counterinsurgency. As the inspector general for training and evaluation, Sharif has built trust and respect from those he trained so he can be assured the full support of the army that he will lead”.

    It went on to say that General Sharif will be a popular choice among those who still give importance to coming from a military background.

    “His elder brother Shabbir was a decorated war hero who was killed in action in 1971.”

    With the simultaneous appointments of Rashad Mehmood as the largely ceremonial chairman of Joint Chief of Staff Committee position and Khwaja Asif as the defence minister, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a national security team of his choosing in place.

    “With the Taliban threat continuing to rage, tensions with India at a high and Afghanistan in a precarious position as the US prepares for withdrawal, this team will have to perform during one of the most daunting periods in our history,” observed the editorial.

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    Jungibaaz Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    This selection was a surprise to most of us. But we welcome him nonetheless.

    Never thought of it that way, I'll be damned if it happens again. :lol:
    Which I don't think it will now.
     
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    Do you have mustache? I do. So I'll go along with the mustache syndicate.
     
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    Background.

    Born in Quetta Balochistan to a 'Marshall Family', ethnically Kashmiri. His elder brother was a Pakistani war hero who was awarded Nishan-i-Haider. His name was Maj- Shabbir Sharif.

    He Joined Balochistan Regiment.

    Studies.

    1: Govt College Lahore
    2: Pakistan Military Academy Kakul
    3: Bundeswehr University Munich Germany
    4: National Defense University Islamabad
    5: Canadian Army Command and Staff College, Ontario Canada.
    6: Royal College of Defense Studies - London UK.
     
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