Raheel Sharif to be new Pakistan army chief

Ending weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday appointed Lt Gen Raheel Sharif as Pakistan’s new Army Chief and Lt Gen Rashid Mehmood as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Prime Minister Sharif recommended the names of the two commanders which were endorsed by President Mamnoon Hussain.

The President promoted both the Lt Generals to General rank.

Lt Gen Sharif will replace 61–year–old Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who will hang his boots on Friday after being at the helm of the Army for six years.

Earlier on Wednesday , Prime Minister Sharif held separate meetings here with Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Mahmood and Inspector General Training and Evaluation Lt Gen Sharif.

Lt Gen Sharif’s prior appointments include Commander, Gujranwala XXX Corps, Commandant of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul and General Officer Commanding Lahore.PTI