Rawalpindi: Outgoing Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani would hand over the command of Pakistan Army to the new Army Chief General Raheel Sharif today.
In this connection, a change of command ceremony would be held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
Outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani would hand over the command of Pakistan Army to the new Army Chief. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani ends his tenure today after six years of serving as head of the powerful military.
When Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani retires from military service on Friday, it would not just be the end of the career of a high-profile General ranked last year by Forbes as the world’s 28th most powerful man. The day will also mark the first change in command of the army since the country returned to democracy in 2008.
Kayani, known as the ‘quiet general of Pakistani politics,’ has been given much credit for resisting the temptation to meddle in politics despite Pakistan’s frequent security, economic, power and political crises.
Kayani was appointed army chief by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2007 and received an unprecedented three-year extension from premier Yousuf Raza Gilani in 2010.