Govt considers extending COAS term


Express May 06, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The government is considering extending the tenure of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani by five years due to the current security situation of the country.

Reliable defence sources said the matter is under discussion between the civil and military leadership. They said so far, the ministry of defence has not forwarded the matter's summary to the prime minister.

Sources said the second option under consideration is to extend Kiyani's tenure by one year. They said another very important option being considered is the introduction of a new top position, the chief of defence staff, in the military.

Sources said the chief of defence staff will possess wide ranging powers, and the army chief will also serve under him. So far, Kiyani has not formally informed the government about his intent.

COMMENTS (3)

bakht | 11 years ago | Reply Like cricketers / Hockey players ,who wants to retire ????????????
Pakistani | 11 years ago | Reply Nadir El Edroos, I don't understand why you're so upset at this statement,“The Army Chief has not formally informed the government about his intent”. And it seems to me you're purposefully trying to create confusion by questioning who is responsible to who? The statement only mentions the fact that if the Army Chief is offered an extension it is up to the army chief to decide whether he'd like to carry on or not. I mean it's a voluntary service not conscription. Maybe General Kayani might think that CGS Lieutenant General Khalid Shameem Wynne or someone like Lieutenant General Tahir Mahmood can take over as the army chief, because like you said they are a professional lot. I hope that helps.
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