President hosts farewell dinner for General Raheel Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif convened a one-on-one meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday as he arrived at the President House to attend a farewell dinner.

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The president hosted a farewell ceremony for the outgoing army chief tonight which was attended by Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Zakaullah, Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Sohail Aman and federal ministers among others.

While addressing the gathering, President Mamnoon Hussain said that General Sharif s services for the country would be remembered always and that his role in maintaining security across the country was unmatched.

He further said that the outgoing chief has asserted that targeted operation in Karachi would continue until extremism is eliminated.

Earlier in the day, the army chief paid farewell visits to garrisons in Bahawalpur, Multan and Okara.

General Sharif inaugurated an advanced arts school while also visited 10 Corps Headquarters today. Furthermore, the outgoing leader of the military convened a meeting with Ambassador of the United States (US), David Hale who acknowledged General Sharif’s achievements against banned outfits.

Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif is to choose an army chief out of five names that are under consideration after he concludes his two-day visit to Trukmenistan.

The premier held a meeting with the President of Turkmenistan today and is scheduled to return on Saturday.

On Thursday, General Sharif was hosted a farewell dinner by the Prime Minister at the Prime Minister House.

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