Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced the extension of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayanis tenure for three years on Thursday.
Speaking to the nation on national television, PM Gilani said that the country is passing through times, and that the civil government and armed forces had carried out successful operations in Swat.
He said that Gen Kayanis leadership was key to the success in the fight against terrorism and keeping this in light it was mandatory to extend his tenure.
Gilani said that after consultations with President Asif Zardari, he has decided to extend the tenure for three years.
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