WEB DESK: The Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif is celebrating his 59th birthday today.
Lets take a brief look at his life and achievements.
General Raheel Sharif born in Quetta on June 16, 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif. He grew up accustomed to the military and its ways.
Sharif’s elder brother, Rana Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, was a course-mate of General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf. He was killed during the 1971 war with India and was awarded the Nishan-i-Haider, Pakistan’s highest military award.
Sharif attained his formal education at Government College Lahore and later went on to attend the Pakistan Military Academy.
After graduation, he was commissioned in 1976 in the battle hardened and renowned 6th battalion, The Frontier Force Regiment in which his elder brother was also commissioned.
As a young officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an infantry brigade and also served as adjutant of Pakistan Military Academy.
He was also awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award.
On Nov 27, 2013 the government approved Sharif’s appointment for the slot of Chief of Army Staff, a position that he took over from General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.