Sacrifices by soldiers are unparalleled: Kayani

General Kayani pays tribute to army men who lost their lives on duty.

Web Desk November 22, 2013
Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: The sacrifices made by Pakistani soldiers in the fight against terrorism are unparalleled, said Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his farewell visit to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Friday, Express News reported.

General Kayani paid tribute to the army men who lost their lives on duty.

The army chief also examined the progress of the construction of a trade corridor in North and South Waziristan tribal regions.

The army has fought numerous battles in the tribal regions to wrest control from militants. The last major battleground was in Kurram where the army was locked in pitched battles for territorial control and suffered losses including those of high ranking officials.

Successor

General Kayani retires from his post of COAS on November 29, as speculations continue over his possible successor.

Who is going to succeed Kayani is a matter of speculation as the government has yet to make any official announcement in this regard.

Federal Information Minister Parvaiz Rashid has said that the announcement of the new army chief and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee will be made on the day Kayani retires.

One source pointed out that the government was considering naming the new army chief ahead of Kayani’s retirement; but later it put off its decision in order to give ‘an honourable farewell’ to the incumbent.

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Observer2 | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

The blame goes to Musharraf who gave control to the most incompetent man, unfitting, undeserving to lead the Pak army.

Ajay | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

All the deaths of Pak soldiers that took place in internal fights were mainly due to be headings, or being shot after getting kidnapped. The very few actions in Swat, etc. were piecemeal, too less, too late instead of being comprehensive and well planned military actions. I am surprised that Musharraf, a capable & intelligent person himself, handed control to this idotic General. Pak Army has NOT protected Pakistan..sure it has built up impressive capability and armaments, however, it has done nothing in taking up the 'Real' , 'Manly' fight against the Sharia seeking TTP & JI. Where is their prowess? Fighting conventional wars such as those with India are considered 'simple' wars now-a-days. The one against TTP will be complex requiring more determination, will power and planning. Is Pak Army Army upto it? The clear answer is No! Pak Army has drained Pakistan of its resources and has held its foreign policy hostage to its narrow ends.

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