Gen Raheel’s decision to refuse extension premature: Zardari

Published: February 24, 2016
PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: REUTERS

PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: REUTERS


Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has said that the attempt by ‘certain quarters’ to seek the army’s role in accountability and other national affairs is inappropriate.

“Expecting the army’s role in political matters, accountability and other national issues is not fitting. Eternal sacrifices of the army should not be wasted due to political differences and opportunism,” Zardari said in a statement on Tuesday.

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

Terming army chief General Raheel Sharif’s decision to refuse an extension in service as ‘premature’, he said the decision could turn Pakistanis’ hopes into despair and jeopardise the fight against terrorism.

“At this critical juncture, continuation of the army leadership is necessary to stem the tide of terrorism. And when the time comes, the political leadership must make a decision taking into account national interest and security situation,” he added.

The PPP co-chairperson stressed that the nation should uproot the evil of terrorism with close collaboration between political and military forces.  “The nation and political forces must unite and stand shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces to root out the menace of terrorism from the country.”

Zardari said his party stood with Pakistan Army. Pakistan is facing myriad of challenges as criminal gangs and separatists are hatching conspiracies to destabilise the country with the help of their foreign handlers, he said.

Terrorist outfits aim to destabilise Pakistan, says Asif Ali Zardari

He said the security situation had worsened in the aftermath of the December 16, 2014 Taliban rampage at Peshawar’s Army Public School, “but due to the military operation, we have made significant gains in the fight against terror”.


Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2016.

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

Reader Comments (25)

  • Jeep
    Feb 24, 2016 - 9:32AM

    old timer knows the gameRecommend

  • Dija
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:03AM

    Must comment that Sir your advisers are too good; they can assess the emotions and guide you sincerely on such issues…you are too smart Sir!Recommend

  • Toti calling
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:10AM

    Only rule of law matters and nobody is indispensable. Raheel should retire when his time is up. Let the next General carry on with the job.Recommend

  • illpopo
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:51AM

    Zardari would be the happiest person if RS not accepts the extension and must be praying for this! Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:52AM

    Whereas, the PPP, PMLN etc have always shown how serious they are with accountability and similar issues. e.g. Steel Mills in 2008 was operating at 86% capacity with billions in reserves and in 2013 when the PPP government finished its tenure, PSM had no money for the salaries. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Feb 24, 2016 - 11:04AM

    “Old timer” does an about-face and simply correcting his last year follies.Recommend

  • azmat
    Feb 24, 2016 - 11:30AM

    Looking for favours and space to run i guess :)Recommend

  • Kickass
    Feb 24, 2016 - 12:02PM

    This statement reveals more of the true character of the man. No smart person will make such statement unless he or she is desperate or totally unfamiliar with the word self-esteem. He is an uneducated uncultured individual who is not getting over his “ex president” stuff.Recommend

  • Ashfaq11
    Feb 24, 2016 - 12:04PM

    Interesting comment about Army’s role in accountability. This is clearly a reference to rangers raids on Sindh government departments. If the provincial law enforcement agencies are turning a blind eye to corruption, extortion and terror funding then Army, who have been invited by Sindh government under constitution to restore law has to complete the job. This is why majority are behind Rangers only people who are involved in these illegal activities are crying fowlRecommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 24, 2016 - 12:39PM

    Sitting in comfort abroad…….. Zardari tries to ‘stir the pot.’… play one against the other.Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2016 - 12:44PM

    It can not be seen as “premature” decision by COAS as it is right way to do. And right thing must be done on it’s time other wise it will loose it’s value.Recommend

  • imran ali
    Feb 24, 2016 - 2:37PM

    He want to bribe Raheel Shareef with extension like he did with Kayani..Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    Feb 24, 2016 - 2:37PM

    This unsolicited advice from AZ reflects his hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2016 - 2:44PM

    Politics at its very best …Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 24, 2016 - 5:49PM

    According to Hamid Mir, Zardari called him and said he never said anything like that. Seems someone in media is making it up.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 24, 2016 - 5:54PM

    This is how Mr. Zardari corrupts others. He knows that General Raheel’s extension will turn him from hero to zero. He played same trick with General Kayyani who was one of our finest Generals. Now everybody remembers him with bad taste. Be careful and wise General Sahib. If you really want to live in dignity after retirement, do the opposite what Zardari wants. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 24, 2016 - 6:26PM

    @Toti calling:
    Rule of law??!! Have you ever been outside your house? Recommend

  • Rhoo.comex Minor
    Feb 24, 2016 - 6:33PM

    It can not be seen as “premature” decision by COAS as it is right way to do. And right thing must be done on it’s time other wise it will loose it’s value.
    nd must
    The guy has spoken out of turn madam, as a rule the military people are not granted extensions and must vacate the office at a pre-defined date, unless ofcourse they are requested by the Prime Miniteper office for extension. The individual can then decide to accept or decline the offer..

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Amir
    Feb 24, 2016 - 8:26PM

    What a hypocrite !!! Does Mr AZ think all Pakistanis are idiots? Some may be, but all are not !!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 25, 2016 - 1:10AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    He knows that General Raheel’s extension will turn him from hero to zero. He played same trick with General Kayyani who was one of our finest Generals. Now everybody remembers him with bad taste.

    Never mind Sir, his personal standing with civilian folks, General Kyani will be remembered in military history as the last soldier General who after the debacle of General Musharaf military rule, tried successfully to restore the integrity of Pakistan army during his tenure!.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Naeem Majid
    Feb 25, 2016 - 1:31AM

    Why does this coward not come to Pakistan and then make his statements?Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:36AM

    Didn’t I read a recent ET article where he was congratulating him for retiring on time? Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 25, 2016 - 5:17AM

    Perhaps not “idiots” but rather ‘can be bought’ which serves him even better.Recommend

  • Speenlo
    Feb 25, 2016 - 6:45AM

    Zardari’s statement is a vivid manifestation of his shameful hypocrisy, and one wonders whom he intends to fool except himself . He has been instrumental in massively damaging the ppp, which the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had painstakingly spearheaded. SHAME upon ZardariRecommend

  • RA
    Feb 25, 2016 - 6:57AM

    Typical Zardari double talk. Only the stupid are taken in. First he applauded the Army Chief for his decision not to take an extension. Now he says it could be premature. He wants his cake and eat it too. If General Raheel Sharif quits after his term is over, Zardari can blame him and the Army for not being responsible about dealing with terrorists. If he doesn’t quit, he can be easily blamed for wanting to prolong his hold on power — blah, blah, blah.Recommend

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