I don't believe in extension and will retire on due date: army chief

Published: January 25, 2016
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Army chief General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army on Monday rubbished reports that the army chief would seek to extend his tenure from three to four years.

“Speculations about extension in service of COAS are baseless,” the ISPR Director General Lt-General Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a Twitter message.

From 3 to 4 years: Govt backs longer tenure for army chief

While quoting the army chief, ISPR said national interest is supreme and will be safeguarded at all costs.

Earlier, the federal government dropped the clearest hint yet that it is ready to back a proposal to extend the tenure of chief of the army staff’s office from three to four years.

Sources close to the prime minister’s office said, on the condition of anonymity, that the proposal was informally floated with the top military office. But the incumbent of the office suggested that the government should reconsider the proposal and implement it from the tenure of the next chief of the army staff, who will take charge in November 2016.

Raheel Sharif, the general who means business

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, they claim, effectively communicated to the federal government that he may not be interested in any extension in his office tenure. There has been a lot of media speculation round this particular question.

The idea of extension in tenures is a continuation of former military General Pervez Musharraf who gave extensions to himself from 2001 to 2008 and then General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani who was given extensions in his normal tenure and he ended up serving in the role for six years.

Zardari lauds army chief’s decision

Meanwhile, former president and co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari has lauded army chief’s decision to not take an extension in his tenure.

In a statement issued from the federal capital, Zardari termed the decision a good omen, saying the Pakistan Army is the most important institution of the country.

The announcement will end speculation regarding a possible extension in the army chief’s tenure, the statement added.

Reader Comments (60)

  • ajeet
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:45PM

    So Borat is going to retire at last?Recommend

  • aam shehri
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:45PM

    But i believes you are a hero, great servant of nationRecommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:48PM

    COAS is the only person the whole world wishes he stay. Instead he wants nothing to do with it. Pakistanis are really difficult to figure. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:50PM

    Good things rarely last long. I respect his decision but I still believe that it would have been in Pakistan’s interest if he stayed longer.Recommend

  • junaid
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:53PM

    Raheel Shareef should seek extension as his vision and resolve is required in rooting out terrorism and corruption.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:01PM

    I hope he stays, atleast for the people’s sake!Recommend

  • Rocky
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:05PM

    @ajeet:
    Ridiculous comment!Recommend

  • Dija
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:15PM

    This Nation and its people need person like him to stay…the success and prosperity of this country lies in his extension…..Sir we need you…please stay to safe the people of this country!Recommend

  • Besharam Khan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:17PM

    Thank You #RaheelShareefRecommend

  • Yul47 London
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:21PM

    The General has quite candidly expressed that he will not seek an extension to his term in office, but with longevity of age, Pakistan should consider passing a legislation to increase retirement age of all Government employees across the board including armed personnel by one complete year, as was recently done in UK. In that way, the General will be compensated for his reduced term in office by an extension of term to previous outgoing army heads. The same is true of the present Chief Justice. Recommend

  • SYED AGHA ALI
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:22PM

    #ShukriyaRaheelShareef

    THAT IS WHY WE LOVE YOU , can any politician also think like Him…???/Recommend

  • Salman Hussain
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:29PM

    Don’t please…Recommend

  • Student
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:33PM

    Accurate words of Sipha-e-Salaar. Our Army is professional and that sort of superb guys keep coming. Best of luck COASRecommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:55PM

    some TV channels will try to prove him wrong and will invite him to take extra constitution step. if Gen. Raheel comes to politics after two years, these anchors would forget him and will be praising future COAS. i hope general raheel comes to politics after 2 years and take charge without patronizing corrupt politicians the way other CMLAs did.
    excellent decision by COAS. I am sure Lt. Generals of pak army are competent and dedicated enough to be promoted as COAS.Recommend

  • Pin2
    Jan 25, 2016 - 3:08PM

    #ThankyouRaheelShareefRecommend

  • Sleepless
    Jan 25, 2016 - 3:21PM

    Please resolve the DHA mess before you leave especially DHA Valley (Islamabad) and DHA City (Lahore).Recommend

  • Soha
    Jan 25, 2016 - 3:23PM

    Salute! Raheel Shareef. You left us speechless once again.Recommend

  • Zzz
    Jan 25, 2016 - 3:29PM
  • Faraz
    Jan 25, 2016 - 3:29PM

    A huge sigh of relief can be heard from Raiwind to Dubai! Recommend

  • Liberal
    Jan 25, 2016 - 3:40PM

    @ajeet: The borat who doesn’t allow India to sleep peacefully?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 25, 2016 - 3:57PM

    One good man….amongst a very, very few good men.
    If he has done his work well, it will matter not who the PM chooses as the next Army Chief……and that is how it should be.Recommend

  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 4:15PM

    Dear COAS, I take my hat of to you. You have just demonstrated the fact that no body is irreplaceable. History will be kind to you. I hope others will follow your example.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 4:29PM

    he left us so vulnerable that u may have no idea of the consequences…he started the operation and leaving it in the middle. u have no idea what those people are going to do with us. it would be better if he didn’t have started the operation than leaving it in the middle. all his is worried about his good images good to leave it on a positive note…what he initiated is not good enough a good finisher is a leader.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 25, 2016 - 4:42PM

    No extension but retirement as COAS, but perhaps a ‘transfer’ to the Presidential suite ! Recommend

  • hassan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 4:48PM

    well he is giving message tht there will be no deal with these corrupt politicians. and he will finish his mission before retirementRecommend

  • Muhammad Kashif
    Jan 25, 2016 - 4:51PM

    @Sleepless,

    It’s a shame how the brothers of ex-COAS benefited from DHA valley and DHA city in the name of Elysium Holdings . May the loss makers recover some thing as the lands are disputed now with Government of Punjab .Recommend

  • Bunty
    Jan 25, 2016 - 5:39PM

    Ajeet… you comment show your prolem and recent condition…

    we have two problems….
    Bad people: they never leave and doesnot work as well.
    Good people: Work for short (show their good side) and leave us..Recommend

  • Aneela
    Jan 25, 2016 - 5:50PM

    Please take extension for Pakistan and its poor peopleRecommend

  • Jan 25, 2016 - 6:05PM

    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 Recommend

  • sara
    Jan 25, 2016 - 6:11PM

    Sir Please stay dont leaveRecommend

  • Prashant
    Jan 25, 2016 - 6:44PM

    I think it is very respectable decision. Taken in the interest of the organization he served for so long. Don’t worry guys, Pak army is a fine army, they will find the right person for the job. Recommend

  • nadeem
    Jan 25, 2016 - 6:49PM

    By this decision, the general has strengthened not only his own institution but given strength to all insitutions: bureaucracy, judiciary, and parliament.Recommend

  • Jan 25, 2016 - 6:53PM

    One of the most selfless individuals I have come across. If anyone deserves an extension Pakistan its Gen Raheel Sharif. Recommend

  • Khush Muhammad Khan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 6:54PM

    General Raheel we salute you. Every step you take is full of wisdom and only in the supreme national interest. Through your far-sighted decisions and brave actions, for the last two years, you have given a new hope to Pakistani nation. The nation however, expects you to do even more before you leave command of the GREAT ARMY. May Allah remains your protector. Recommend

  • Sam
    Jan 25, 2016 - 7:13PM

    @liberal….yeah, by running to UN against indian cross border firingRecommend

  • Babloo
    Jan 25, 2016 - 7:31PM

    ISPR spokesman, Mr Asim Bajwa says “… Efforts to route out terrorism…”

    Route out ? Now to which route is he going to re-direct terrorism ?Recommend

  • raider
    Jan 25, 2016 - 7:42PM

    now shrifs and zaradaris should follow himRecommend

  • Saad
    Jan 25, 2016 - 8:27PM

    @Hassan:
    Like it or not, that’s the rule. Other chiefs have even taken over the country to justify ‘finishing what they started.’ That’s not the answer. The army will get a new chief like it should. Hats off to the general.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 25, 2016 - 8:28PM

    @Sodomite:
    Good leaders are those who are able to shield themselves from the allure of power. It shows character, not confusion. Would you rather have an army chief keep the post for a decade like it’s been done in the past? It’s a rule and he’s doing the right thing by following it.Recommend

  • Mohit
    Jan 25, 2016 - 8:46PM

    Salute to this great man. He could have easily toppled Nawaz or made a case of his extension very easily but he chose not to. Its in the interest of the world and specially India that Pakistan remains peaceful and also help wipe out terrorism in all its forms. Its time Gen Raheel also focus on removing JeM terror network inicluding Hafiz Saed/Dawood or anyone who uses Pakistani soil to infiltrate terrorism in India or around the world.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 25, 2016 - 8:51PM

    Its his decision we he want to leave? So much for democracy.Recommend

  • Jan 25, 2016 - 8:57PM

    This is called the man of commitment. I think he never wants to rule the country, he always wants to make things straight for the betterment of Pakistan and that’s what he is doing from start. He can easily take over at the time of dharna. Hats off to you sir, May Allah bless youRecommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 9:18PM

    In my view it is a good decision, he could be an asset to the nation even in retirement. I think it will be great for the young generation if he could teach at one of the universities in Pakistan. It is common knowledge in the US where as some American Generals, diplomats and politicians getting jobs at the US educational institutions after they retire. Recommend

  • no jeet
    Jan 25, 2016 - 10:20PM

    @ajeet:
    Yes because he is not a war monger eunuch like Indian army chief or a certified terrorist like your prime minister. So he has no reason to stay stuck to his chair due to his intact morality. Glad to see Indians starting to abuse us in desperate frustration. It means we are going in the right direction.Recommend

  • Jan 25, 2016 - 10:38PM

    Here I can say proudly :
    Shukria Raheel SharifRecommend

  • True
    Jan 26, 2016 - 2:22AM

    @ajeet: go get a life in your so called miserable country…

    ThankyouRaheelShareef

    it was an honor to have you as our COAS Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 26, 2016 - 3:14AM

    @Saad:
    You are right, but we don’t have many Mr. Right’s. We saw Enlightened Moderation for 9 years then 6 years of Kayani accommodation with Zardari for brothers sake, before that 10 years of Zia ul Haq’s Mullah Alliance that bleeds us to this day. In between we saw Democracy extract revenge from us and exploit poor people of Pakistan. Gen. Sharif should after 2 years enter politics, be elected PM for people certainly will vote for him and then bring about positive changes that we know he can. If Gen. Sharif just leaves the work undone, then he would do disservice to Pakistan. Petition him to come back. Recommend

  • Roshan
    Jan 26, 2016 - 4:25AM

    He Cannot stay forever , he knew he had to go one day , so its better to go with integrity . He will be remembered . Recommend

  • Jan 26, 2016 - 5:04AM

    [email protected]: After all Pakistan started listening to Obama and agree to reduce Terrorism. Finally God will winRecommend

  • wb
    Jan 26, 2016 - 5:09AM

    If Raheel Shareef keeps all his words, he maybe a very good news for India.Recommend

  • PkMAP
    Jan 26, 2016 - 6:45AM

    Extending the tenure of COAS is not a good idea. Raheel Sharif is not the only General Pakistan army have. He must go and new General should come. By extending tenure of army officers do not make Pakistan a strong country but strengthening democratic institutions is the only solutions of Pakistan illsRecommend

  • Rishi
    Jan 26, 2016 - 8:24AM

    Prediction – he will turnaround on his words in few days. Recommend

  • dr ar ghumman
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:44AM

    dear general

    people are very sad on ur decision.All generals are not same. we cannot compare kiani or muharaf with u. Allah has given one golden chance to improve pak but it will be wasted. any decion friendly to group of national dacoits is against health of pak.
    donot leave this 20 crore people under the guns of national political dacoits.
    our humble request is take pitty on this weak people and review ur decision.
    people were waiting for ur landing but u r flying away to leave the people in politician gutter.
    remember general, life is once but allah wants to give u life for ever,even better than nishane haider.Recommend

  • B
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:53PM

    The people of pakistan should come out on the roads for his extension because the majority wants his term to be extended. Let the people decide not the PM.. Recommend

  • aini khan
    Jan 27, 2016 - 1:13PM

    @ajeet:
    Your comment shows your frustration and your present condition. He will always be our hero and our leader. Not only pakistanis but the whole world is saying that he is world’s best leader today…….We are proud of him…….We are proud to be pakistani.Recommend

  • aini khan
    Jan 27, 2016 - 1:18PM

    @ ajeet: your comment shows your frustration and your present condition. He will always be our hero. Not only Pakistanis but the whole world is saying that he is world’s great leader today……WE ARE PROUD OF HIM. …..WE ARE PROUD TO BE PAKISTANIRecommend

  • Muhammad Zahir Shah
    Jan 27, 2016 - 6:47PM

    General Raheel Sharif,
    A great Soldier and COAS. Love from Mahsud Tribe, South Waziristan.
    Glory to Islam ….. Glory to Pakistan.Recommend

  • usman
    Jan 28, 2016 - 1:43AM

    sir eliminate all the political party and terrorist.Recommend

  • usman bin abdul ghafar
    Jan 28, 2016 - 1:45AM

    sir eliminate all the political party and terrorist.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jan 30, 2016 - 3:42AM

    When our corrupt rulers come time and again why Gen Raheel not get extension. If he has made up his mind he must choose his successor himself and not leave it to Nawaz Shareef to appoint his own man. It will be appropriate to announce his successor three months before his vacating the office.Recommend

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