Lt Gen Raheel Sharif appointed new army chief

Published: November 27, 2013
Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: INP

Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: INP

Lieutenant General Rashad Mehmood (L). PHOTO: ONLINE Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif was appointed as the new Chief of the Army Staff  (COAS) and Lieutenant General Rashad Mehmood was appointed as the new Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) on Wednesday, Express News reported.

On the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain approved the promotion of the two officers to the top most military posts in the country.

The Prime Minister hosted a farewell dinner in the honour of outgoing Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in Islamabad on Wednesday night, Radio Pakistan reported.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee designate General Rashid Mehmood and COAS-designate General Raheel Sharif also attended the dinner.

The change of command comes with the country facing a daunting array of challenges – a homegrown Taliban insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, vexed relations with India and the winding-down of the 12-year NATO mission in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Sharif, whose elder brother Major Shabbir Sharif won Pakistan’s highest military award, the Nishaan-e-Haider for his martyrdom in the 1971 war with India, will formally take command on Thursday.

A message from the office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif confirmed Raheel had been made COAS and Rashad had been made CJCSC.

Congratulations began to pour in soon after the announcement, with the former president and COAS General (retd) Pervez Musharraf joining in.

Nawaz met Raheel and Rashad at separate meetings earlier today. Both meetings lasted for about half an hour.

Raheel was working as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as well as the Inspector General Training and Evaluation (IGT&E).

Rashad was working as the PSO to Kayani as well as the Chief of General Staff (CGS).

Seniority wise, Raheel ranks third among the list of generals considered as likely to get the position.

Departing commander Kayani has served as army chief since 2007 and has been given much credit for resisting the temptation to meddle overtly in politics.

When he confirmed his retirement last month he stressed that the armed forces “fully support and want to strengthen” democracy.

Kayani will be stepping down on November 29 after six years. He had proposed the names of Rashad as his successor and Lieutenant General Haroon Aslam as CJCSC.

Service history

Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif

• Commander, Gujranwala XXX Corps (as three-star/Lt General)

• Commandant of Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul (as two-star/Maj General)

• General Officer Commanding, Lahore (as two-star/Maj General)

Lieutenant General Rashad Mehmood

• Commander, Lahore IV Corps (as three-star/Lt General)

• DG-CTW at the ISI (where he essentially re-established the pivotal Counterrorism, or ‘C’ Branch, of Aabpara)

• Military Secretary to Nawaz Sharif-era president, Rafiq Tarar (as one-star/Brigadier)

• UN Brigade Commander (as one-star/Brigadier)

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Reader Comments (100)

  • NS
    Nov 27, 2013 - 1:51PM

    He does’nt look like a dictator or does he ?


  • NS
    Nov 27, 2013 - 1:53PM

    The name says it all ‘Sharif’


  • Ak
    Nov 27, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Another ‘Sharif’ on a very high position :)


  • akhtar Baloch
    Nov 27, 2013 - 1:53PM

    God help us:

    We now have a chief who has got to the top because of the achievements of his brother and has little or no respect in the army for himself.

    We now have CJCSC who has only been appointed because of his affiliations with the Sharifs from his time in Lahore.

    Prepare for a tumultuous next few years brothers and sisters


  • PakistaniLoyalist
    Nov 27, 2013 - 1:58PM

    Did pentagon approve??


  • waseem sarwar
    Nov 27, 2013 - 1:58PM

    The general impression about him is that he isn’t a “war-time” person and i thought we need one in such dire situation. His better relations with Nawaz Sharif helped him getting the nod over others but still best of luck.


  • Kiyani
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:02PM

    Another Sharif.. hmmm


  • Uza Syed
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:02PM

    Welcome, all your ‘Aziz ham watani’ have been waiting for your arrival, now fulfil your Oath and defend and protect Pakistan from all threats whether internal or external and do it HONESTLY even if in your honest observation Pakistan and its people are threatened by political charlatans of various hues under diverse covers and names.


  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Lessons not learned…..He is third in seniority list…. so was Musharraf :)


  • Sami
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:04PM

    One Sharif overthrowing another … this should be good ! Poetic even !


  • shah
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:04PM

    congrats!! last name sounds familiar


  • nadeem
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:05PM

    Let’s hope this the beginning of a really new chapter in our miserable history, in which the Army and the People’s representatives work together to transfer policy making from the Army to the Civilians. This is the only way we can ever hope to progress. (by the way, any relation to the Sharifs?)


  • Ammar
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:07PM

    Welcomes to the Land of Shareeefs..:)Recommend

  • absar tabish
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:08PM

    Good luck Sharif Trio


  • Uza Syed
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:11PM

    Is that a temporary arrangement? Is this man not retiring in October 2014? I’m not very impressed, is the PM asking the others to prove being good boys in the next 11 months and then at that point the real COAS would be chosen. Until then, this man can chauffer PM around with hopes for extension like Kayani did hoping to be appointed enhanced CJS and another extension.


  • Ahmad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:12PM

    Much better choice than Kayani 2.0 General Rashad Mahmood.


  • Umar
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:13PM

    The guy got a mustache ;)


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:13PM

    @akhtar Baloch:

    What is the source of your information that the new COAS got to the top and became COAS just because of the wartime laurels of his brother? And while you are at it, please give us a first hand account that the guy does not enjoy any respect for himself in the army.

    I am no supporter of the Army but just curious as to how you have managed to come up with this observation.


  • fariq
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:14PM

    Damn he looks like Saddam Hussein..


  • malik khalid mahmood
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:18PM

    God may help those loyal to the country.


  • Jawad Afzal
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:20PM

    This Very Unfair to Pakistan Navy the position of Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) should have gone to Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila,
    this is 2nd time Nawaz Sharif taken position from Navy to Army

    I wonder why?
    Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila Should Resign Now.


  • Saad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:30PM

    Shahbaz Shareef, Nawaz Shareef and Raheel Shareeef…


  • Saad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:31PM

    He doesn’t look like a dictator material. I would have preferred general tariq khan or general haroon aslam as coas


  • Khan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:37PM

    So three most powerful men in Pakistan are now Shareef? LOL.Recommend

  • S Shaikh
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Pakistan name should change to Sharifistan :S


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:48PM

    @Uza Syed:

    Dear, you have misunderstood. General Shareef would have retired on October, 2014 had he not been appointed as COAS. Now he will serve the three year term of COAS.


  • Ghostrider
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:49PM

    Two sharifs is company, three sharifs is crowd. Are we strong enough to tolerate all this “sharafat”


  • Qalander
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:56PM

    @akhtar Baloch:

    How do you know he has no respect in army? what rank in military you are working or have worked. Stop your non sense.


  • Ozair
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Mr NS thinks everyone with the last name “Sharif” can be trusted ! :D


  • Ahmad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:57PM

    @Uza Syed

    When a general becomes COAS or CJSC he automatically gets a 3 year extension.


    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:59PM

    In Pakistan few Sharif.. Like Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Umer Sharif, Babra Sharif… a new entry Raheel Sharif…best of luck sir..


  • Sami
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:01PM


    Neither did Zia or Musharraf …


  • ali ahmed
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:02PM

    another Shareef from Lahore……


  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:12PM

    “Sharif, Sharif Sharif…” Charity begins at home!!!


  • Nikki
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:27PM

    Sharif Trika……….
    Welocme Gen. Sharif and best wishes.


  • 1947
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:27PM

    Here he goes another “Sharif”. O’ Pakistan stay alive.


  • Ahmad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:27PM

    @ali ahmed

    Umm He’s from Gujrat. Geez some people just love to complain for nothing…


  • Hasan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Raheel Sharif. Nawaz Sharif. Shahbaz Sharif. Omer Sharif. Babra Sharif.


  • 1947
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Oh’ His picture reminds me “Saddam Hussain’s” face………..


  • Munir
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:29PM

    For some odd reason, the new COAS resembles PM Gillani in the picture published by ET…


  • Nov 27, 2013 - 3:33PM

    No one is better than Musharraf as army chief of Pakistan!!!!…..


    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:40PM

    10000000000 million times i recommond your comment. “TRUE”


  • Uza Syed
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:48PM

    @Ahmad: @Adnan Siddiqi: Thanks ! So after all the man doesn’t need to further inflate ego of the ameer-ul-raiwind—- no more joy rides, no more chauffeuring around to please any little minds—– and can get on with doing cleansing as required, and best cleansing is always right at the top. Recommend

  • Atif
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:54PM

    Let’s pray that he remains ‘sharif’ (LOL)
    By the way, no one beats the Pakistanis when it comes to nepotism.Recommend

  • Atif
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:55PM

    “Lt. General Mr. Sharif” …. what an oxymoronRecommend

  • True_Pakistani
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:59PM

    I second u brother.Quite true.Recommend

  • UHS
    Nov 27, 2013 - 4:03PM

    No wonder. Sharif appoints a Sharif.
    He do have a mustache though. Thank god for that.Recommend

  • Raheel
    Nov 27, 2013 - 4:11PM

    Whatever happened to the fat talk of going by merit and promoting the senior most. Nawaz sharif did the same by not appointing General Ali Quli Khan who was the senior most and appointed a juior corrupt incapable person who gave this nation NRO, zardari, mass terrorism, mass corruption etc.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Nov 27, 2013 - 4:19PM

    Pakistan is now Sharifon ka country………. :)Recommend

  • Fareedi
    Nov 27, 2013 - 4:24PM

    Let us Hope that he can uphold the Good Name of his Brave Borther… Major Shabeer Shareef Nishan e Haider..Recommend

  • Fawad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 4:25PM

    This guy will be nothing more than a puppet. Should have picked someone ambitious who is well respected in the army like Lt. Gen. Tariq Khan.Recommend

  • Pakistaniloyalist
    Nov 27, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Coming Soon
    Kingdom of Pakistan
    Led by – His Royal Highness King Nawaz Sharif
    and Sharif Royal Family

  • shahrukhkhan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:04PM

    Knowing Nawaz Sharif one can be quite assured that apparently this new Sharif guy have some strong flaws or does not have strong following in army either due to his abilities or rapport , for why he is being picked, as Nawaz previously picked Musharaf believing who would stand with this solitary Muhajir. I wish time doesn’t prove innocent PM.Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2013 - 5:09PM

    I hope he goes renegade and goes about destroying all the economic monopolies and family-led political bodies in the country. Pakistan needs a cleaning, the middle and lower class are also a part of this nation!Recommend

  • AK47
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:18PM

    Now Pakistan has a Sharif Army Chief and a Sharif PM.Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2013 - 5:19PM

    I wish this Sharif turns into “THE MUSHARRAF”Recommend

  • Maj Sultana
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Points to ponder:
    He might have promised not to take over ” nawaz sharif’s government ” at any stage of his tenure at any cost.
    Astrology wise “R” must be lucky for our worthy prime minister that is why his both selections name start with R: Raheel and Rashid.
    Overlooking the senior most general he repeated the history.
    May God bless ” Nawaz Sharif”Recommend

  • sajid
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Name:Raheel sharif’ resamblance with Saddam hussain ‘ Will it be crucial?Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2013 - 5:33PM

    We congratulate the nation of Pakistan on the appointment of the new COAF and CJCSC. We look forward to working closely with the new leadership. It is simply imperative for us to maintain a healthy working relationship for the betterment of the region. We’ve always emphasized Pakistan’s importance in the region, and we certainly hope to continue our partnership in regards to our peace objectives in the region.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central CommandRecommend

  • Capt Akhtar Zaman(R)
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:38PM

    Very sad…..Nawaz Sharif learned no lesson from the Past by appointing Pervez Musharaf superseding many seniors…NOW again appointed a junior Lt General as the COAS…. so….?? Violating the principal of seniority…He wants to prove that he is a strong and a real Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces..sadly mistaken…ahahaaRecommend

  • Abdullah Khan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:40PM

    Prime minister ,Speaker ,chairman senate Chief justice and now COAS All are from punjab(CJ made bogus domicile of baluchistan)Recommend

  • akhtar Baloch
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:42PM


    Corps Commander Gujranwala and IG T&E. Why don’t you have a think for yourself. Are those really 2 positions you would allot to a possibly future chief who commands his own respect in the Army? He may be a very ‘good’ man, however, that does not take away from the fact that his own service record does not shown any signs of exemplary achievement or recognition beyond that of which his brother’s achievements provided him.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:58PM

    What a bunch of jokers doing unnecessary and unethical post-mortem of name (Sharif). An officer rose to second highest rank of his organization but at last and final step his name is made a topic of discussion. Shame…Recommend

  • Jibran
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Good for the Sharif family, which considers Pakistan its realm. Very bad decision for Pakistan. This dude is not COAS material, and definitely not wartime general. He rose through the ranks because of the status of his brother. All other candidates have excelled in their departments. On the other hand, the biography of this dude does not have a single outstanding achievement other than a mention of his brother.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:01PM

    Today, Pakistan officially lost the war with Taliban. One by one Nawaz sharif is destroying all institutions.


  • Vikas, Mumbai
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Congratulations, General Sharif! Wish you every success in killing the menace of terrorism. Also wish you (and Indian COAS) succeed in maintaining peace at LoC. Regards.


  • Khan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:22PM

    Another Position for Punjabi’s………..PAKISTAN is a joke and Democracy in Pakistan is a Monarchy of Sharif Family.


  • sabi
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:34PM

    Nawaz Sharif-Shahbaz Sharif-Raheel Sharif-Pakistan Sharfi.!!


  • Adnan Rashid
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:35PM

    So three Sharif’s would lead the foreign policy of #Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, Raheel Sharif & Shahbaz Sharif :P


  • Bill
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:41PM

    For all the pseudointellectuals musing if he enjoys repsect or not, well he brings a repute of morality with him which is very much popular in the lower cadre and as far as being battle hardened is concerned i think FF regt always reaches the battle ground before all others in war, suffice it to say laurels come with time n the battalion he comes from


  • *hmad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Akhter Baloch, well without disputing the credibility of your information, it shows nothing, but speaks about a non professional army and poor institutional practices. If that would be the case, then better blame army not him.


  • jahandad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 7:14PM

    at least try to be behave little better than our sowrn enemies[indians]


  • Masood Ahmed
    Nov 27, 2013 - 7:26PM

    Deactivated mode: Pervez (Musharraf, Kayani and Elahi).

    Activated mode: Sharif (Nawaz, Raheel and Shahbaz).


  • Last Word
    Nov 27, 2013 - 7:50PM

    So now, when is the coup planned ?


  • Nov 27, 2013 - 8:07PM


    yes,”punk”aj you are absolutely write in you comment, as far as concern to your comment i must say middle class mind think like this…..Pakistan is always 1000 steps high in every field than INDIA…………or others…….


  • saeed
    Nov 27, 2013 - 8:09PM


    You solved my problem. I have been thinking where I have seen this guy before? Now that you remind us of Saddam Hussain? Thank you.

    What a brave man Saddam was? Lets hope, following the foot steps of Saddam, he will first attack afghanistan and then will order to shoot down drones. LOL.


  • Nov 27, 2013 - 8:39PM

    Well we all are happy because l love majir aziz bhati shaheed, majir shabir shaheed and may be balke dua hey k ye appne shaheedoen ki tarag mulk ki hiffazat ksrein Allah jisko chahey eizzat de ye sab ALlah ki marzi se hota hey


  • John
    Nov 27, 2013 - 8:46PM

    So another addition to the kitchen cabinet of Sharif & Co. Why am I not surprised?


  • Xnain
    Nov 27, 2013 - 9:07PM

    Most of my Pukhtoon friends smell so much racism when they speak. Sindhis and Pathans are two of the most racist ethnicities of Pakistan that can’t think anything beyond the paradigm of their race.


  • sterry
    Nov 27, 2013 - 9:11PM

    @khjunaid: I sure hope that this new army chief is a professional and not some power hungry dictator like Musharraf; The near decade under Musharraf almost destroyed the nation.


  • Zaid Bhai
    Nov 27, 2013 - 9:15PM

    aree, now until last week I was all over in media with saying no army chief, no law minister, no CJ, Mian saab elected every one in 1 day, see how powerful is our azaan. technocrat and patriotic general


  • Babloo
    Nov 27, 2013 - 9:40PM

    Lets now rename Pakistan as “Sharifistan” and get it over with.


  • imran bhatt
    Nov 27, 2013 - 9:42PM

    What happened to much promised promise of seniority?


    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:02PM

    one of the Sharif is going to rule pakistan for a long long time


  • shahzia shahid
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:27PM

    The Army does not work like civilian setups.Promotions are not a simple process and the fact that Gen Raheel Sharif has made it to a General means he is a man of many qualities .Lets give him a chance to prove himself worthy of this country before we start criticizing him


  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:34PM

    Sharif’s elder brother, Shabbir Sharif, was a course-mate of General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf

    -Over the years, (Raheel) Sharif climbed up the military ladder mentored by Musharraf who handed him command of the 11th Infantry Division in Lahore. (excerpts from the Dawn news)

    I hope NS has read this!


  • Turyal Azam Khan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:16PM

    In 2007:
    Pakistan was “Pervaizistan”
    * Pervaiz Musharaf (President)
    * Pervaiz Kiyani (Army chief)
    * Pervaiz Elahi (Chief minister Punjab)

    Now in 2013:
    Pakistan has become “Sharifistan”
    * Nawaz Sharif (Prime minister)
    * Raheel Sharif (Army chief)
    * Shahbaz Sharif (Chief minister Punjab)Recommend

  • Ali
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:26PM

    So General Tariq was left out because Pathans aren’t allowed to rise to power, despite being the best man for the job. Call it lahoreistan!


  • jawad
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:11AM

    wellcome sir ,u have pointed out rite analysis. pak has internal challenges than external. if u wish and strive to make pak a land of peace and pure. plz ensure fighting terrorism , by removing fake mob sims and issuing them like post paid or on thumb impression recognised by nadra system , computerizing all vehicle record and compueter checking at toll plazaa and registering FIR on cnic numbers especially of terrorims related cases. no fake sims , no fake registration and recognition of terrorists by nadra system . make it possible sir plz


  • Yusuf
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:41AM

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif definitely working to structure back Pakistan on single page. The armed forces must work with politically elected Nawaz Sharif. Armed forces must respect the seat of prime minister to put trust back in continuity of political leadership as well as political process. Lets move Forward with forward thinking. Lets concentrate on good primary schooling for all. We are one nation called Pakistan. My way…My Pakistan.


  • leaguer
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:56AM

    I am surprised that mian saab hasn’t learned his lesson. Why didnt he choose the senior most is mind boggling ….. no one speak against the decision because no one wants to ruin their relationship with the army


  • Xnain
    Nov 28, 2013 - 1:32AM

    Three senior most generals are presented by the Army Chief to PM for promotion. Gen Tariq was fifth in Seniority even Junior to current DG-ISI Zaheer ul Islam, his selection would mean that every candidate of COAS would have to retire including DG-ISI. That would have created much more hovac into the army.


  • Rex Minor
    Nov 28, 2013 - 4:38AM

    It is not easy to choose a grand leader from the pickles of the staff officer Generals in the midst of the country facing foreign aggression and internal divisions and unrests..If the new man choosen is able to undedrtake necessary reforms so as to make Pakistan military as a fighting force of professionals and not martyrs, to defend the country from the foreign enemy then Sharif preference would not go in waste second time.

    Rex Minor


  • zee waqar
    Nov 28, 2013 - 9:51AM

    @RUKHSAR: well said

    keep up the gud job


  • mustafa
    Nov 28, 2013 - 10:47AM

    congratulation to Gen Raheel for becoming new Army chief. whose blood is also mixed with this soil


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Nov 28, 2013 - 10:51AM

    Once again history of appointment of junior by ignoring the senior Lt. Generals as COAS has been repeated and the same mistake Nawaz Sharif committed when Nawaz Sharif appointed Musharraf whereas Musharraf was junior.Strongly hope that this new army chief shall support only and only true,better and welfare democratic government and system in Pakistan,and shall make Pakistan a real and practical sovereign,prosperous and peaceful country for every one from common man to leaders,not the corrupt politicians and leadership as ex army chief Kayani has been done in his office’s tenure on the name of democracy and constitution….


  • b1Ngo
    Nov 28, 2013 - 2:31PM

    he looks like Saddam’s first replica..


  • Major (Retd) Haseeb
    Nov 29, 2013 - 3:08AM

    I served under Gen Raheel, He is a true gentleman and humane person, defiantly better than his both seniors A true professional soldier who would definitely be a very fine COAS.


  • Observer
    Nov 29, 2013 - 9:53AM

    Dont envy his job at all.


  • imtiyaz khan
    Nov 29, 2013 - 10:48PM

    nawaz sharif kaom kagadaar bawafa badaynat basamag silly becoz of taking bad decisions this is not good 4 senority or kaoom or public plz be in mind that pak is a cricing country plz take good decision in fevour of senourity


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