Gen Raheel Sharif puts speculations to rest, says will retire on due date

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif ended on Monday growing speculations about an extension in his tenure through a brief, but sudden statement that paved the way for the government to start considering his successor who will take up the job from him in about 10 months from now.

“I don’t believe in extension and will retire on the due date.”

Gen Sharif’s statement, quoted by a military spokesman in a tweet, shattered the quietness of the slow start to the week.

The 43-word statement issued on behalf of the army chief was meant to quash the debate on whether or not the government should give him an extension and if he would accept it.

Coincidentally, the statement came as a petition was filed in Supreme Court’s Lahore registry seeking an extension for him.

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