Lt Gen Raheel Sharif is Pakistan’s New Army Chief

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Lt General Raheel Sharif (left) is the new Chief of Army Staff while Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood has been appointed Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
Lt General Raheel Sharif (left) is the new Chief of Army Staff while Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood has been appointed Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee

ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 — On the recommendation of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Lt Gen. Raheel Sharif has been appointed as Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) while Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), The News International reported.

President Mamnoon Hussain endorsed the PM’s recommendations both Lt Generals will be promoted to General rank on November 28.

Earlier on Wednesday, PM Nawaz held meetings separately with the two Lieutenant Generals.

According to sources, matters relating to the security of the country and professional affairs were also discussed in the meetings.

Prior to this appointment as Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif was serving as the Inspector General Training and Evaluation at the General Headquarters.

His prior appointments include Commander, Gujranwala XXX Corps, Commandant of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul and General Officer Commanding Lahore.

He is the younger brother of Nishan-i-Haider recipient Major Shabbir Sharif.

Prior to his appointment as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Lieutenant General Rashad Mahmood was serving as the Chief of General Staff while he has also served as the Corps Commander of Lahore.

He was also the military secretary to former President Rafiq Tarar.

Lt General Mahmood comes from Baloch Regiment and had served under General Kayani as ISI deputy director general.

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