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Raheel Sharif is new chief of Pakistan army

Meena Menon
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Ending weeks of speculation, Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday promoted and appointed Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif as army chief.

An official statement said Lt. Gen. Sharif was named as Chief of the Army Staff and Gen. Rashid Mehmood as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee by President Mamnoon Hussain.

A month ago, the present Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaque Parvez Kayani, dismissed rumours of extension of his service and an offer of a new post after his retirement. Lt. Gen. Sharif was serving as principal staff officer to General Kayani and Inspector-General, Training and Evaluation. Gen. Mehmood was Chief of the General Staff. Lt. Gen. Sharif will take charge on November 29. He is likely to continue his predecessor’s support to the civilian government.

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