By Baseer Ahmed
Some say this started with Karachi Operation, while others with reason say it came into existence after the dismal incident of Army Public School Peshawar attack. However, the founder of this term is still unknown, like many other things that get viral on social media do not find their father.
That’s how social media works – sharing and sharing mostly without attribution because copyright law does not work here.
“It has been almost a year since the term Shukriya (Thank You) Raheel Sharif was triggered into social media with the rumors of TTP commander Fazlullah’s death, after a couple of days of APS attack,” said a Peshawar-based journalist Syed Sabeeh Ul Hussnain.
Hyderabad-based writer Naveed Ahmed Siddiqui said Shukriya Raheel Sahrif has mostly been used for Karachi Operation.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif is a distinguished four-star ranked Army officer, currently serving as 15th COAS of the Pakistan Army since 2013. He has brought tremendous changes in Pakistan’s war on terror by launching successful operation clean-up (Zarb-e-Azb) against terrorists in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Karachi Operation against terrorists and corrupt people.
General Raheel has the honour of being one of the most respected and well reputed Chief of the Pakistan Army and he has in a matter of less than two years, done for the country what couldn’t be done in the previous 10 years. The nation today stands united behind him to curb the menace of terrorism from Pakistan across the board.
He also deals with the evaluation of military doctrines and war strategies with a view to shaping future training programs. He changed the army’s focus more towards carrying out counter-insurgency operations against Taliban militants. In a matter of a few years he has turned around the security situation in the whole country which is now fully moving in the right and positive direction.
In 2013, Sharif was conferred with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (military). Raheel Sharif will retire as Chief of Army Staff in November next year.
According to The Economist, “Unlike his predecessors, General Sharif appears to see jihadists, principally in the form of Pakistan’s own Taliban, as the country’s greatest threat, and is credited to have initiated the successful joint operation of Zarb-e-Azab”
Sharif was born in Quetta. He belongs to a Punjabi Rajput family with roots in Punjab. He is a son of (late) Major Rana Muhammed Sharif. His eldest brother Major Rana Shabbir Sharif was honored with highest military award of Pakistan, Nishan-e-Haider, after his martyrdom during Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. His maternal uncle Major Raja Aziz Bhatti is another Nishan-e-Haider recipient, who martyred during Indo-Pakistan 1965 war.