Shah hails COAS’s decision of not taking extension

Latest Update: January 26, 2016 | 320 Views

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah on Tuesday has welcomed the announcement that the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif will not seek extension in his tenure.

Shah said that the army is a premier institution of the country, the cause of which will be best served if the tradition of extension in service is not allowed to gain roots.

On Monday, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said he will not get extension in his service, and will retire on due date.

“Speculations about extension in service of COAS are baseless,” DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa said.

COAS said: ‘Pakistan Army is a great institution. I don’t believe in extension’… and will retire on the due date,” Bajwa quoted the army chief in a series of tweets.

“Efforts to root out terrorism will continue with full vigour and resolve… Pakistan’s national interest is supreme and will be safe guarded at all costs,” Bajwa said further.

General Raheel Sharif, who was appointed for three years on 27 Nov. 2013, is going to retire in November this year.