General Raheel Sharif is set to retire today, bringing an end to his successful three-year tenure as the 15th Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army.
During his tenure as military chief, the country boldly confronted both internal and external challenges in coordination with all state institutions. General Raheel launched Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan in 2014, following a militant attack on Karachi Airport.
Under his tenure, the law and order situation in Karachi also saw an improvement, while special military units to ensure security of all those involved in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were put into place.
As Gen Raheel Sharif’s tenure draws to an end, we look at a series of never before seen pictures of his life.
General Raheel was born in Quetta on June 16, 1956, to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif. PHOTO: ISPR
As a young officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an Infantry Brigade and also served as Adjutant of Pakistan Military Academy. PHOTO: ISPR
Raheel Sharif is from the Pakistan Military Academy’s 54th Long Course. PHOTO: ISPR
He did a Company Commander’s Course from Germany and subsequently served in the prestigious School of Infantry and Tactics as an instructor. PHOTO: ISPR
He attended the Command and Staff College Canada, graduating with distinction. PHOTO: ISPR
Raheel Sharif was appointed 15th Chief of Army Staff on Nov 28, 2013. PHOTO: ISPR
Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched under Gen Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ISPR
On the occasion of Eid, he visited an IDP camp in Bannu and spent his time with children and IDPs and also presented them with gifts. PHOTO: ISPR
Gen Raheel Sharif and Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem witness the Exercise Raad ul Barq at KPT Ranges. PHOTO: ISPR
Gen Raheel Sharif speaking with students of the Army Public School after it was reopened following an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar. PHOTO: ISPR
Gen Raheel arrives in Egypt for a two-day official visit. PHOTO: ISPR
Gen Raheel and PM Nawaz drive along the Gwadar-Hoshab portion of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. PHOTO: ISPR
Gen Raheel pays a farewell visit to PM Nawaz Sharif at PM House. PHOTO: APP
All chiefs of staff pose for a photograph alongside PM Nawaz as Gen Raheel says his goodbyes. PHOTO: APP
He is set to be the first army chief retire on time since 1996. PHOTO: ISPR