ISLAMABAD – Soon after an ISPR statement confirmed on Monday that Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has kicked off his farewell meetings, tributes are flooding in from across the country for dealing a decisive blow to terrorism in the country and keeping the armed forces away from politics.
Under the hashtag #ArmyChief, Pakistani people tweeted:
— انکل ٹرمپ (@Farrukh_Shahzad) November 21, 2016
The real reason of success the #ArmyChief is to keep Army out of politics. Massive respect. Sir.
— Jibi Khan (@comely13) November 21, 2016
the most loved #ArmyChief of Pak .raheel sir v will never forget ur efforts for pak. may Allah bless us with such army chiefs in future.
— ufaq nazir (@ufaqnazir10) November 21, 2016
#ArmyChief We would have been more happy to see General Sahab in More Action but Legends are remembered by there actions not time,Farewell!
— Zuhair Ahmed Khan (@iamzakhan) November 21, 2016
please sir don’t go.☹️😓 #ArmyChief
— آمنہ. (@Amna_Pakistani) November 21, 2016
Politicians should learn from #ArmyChief, the love for country and decisions made by him.
Prayers and Respect ❤
— Ali Aslam (@TweetsByAslam) November 21, 2016
May ALLAH give us the next #ArmyChief like General raheel sir…
— syeda gulalai (@GULELAL93495323) November 21, 2016
So, Army Chief Raheel Sharif begins Farewell visits. One of the best Army Chief Pakistan ever witnessed.
Nation Salutes You!#Armychief
— Muhammad Imran (@Mi6686347Imran) November 21, 2016
One & only Gen. Raheel, you are honest, fearless, great leader. we remember you for long time.#ArmyChief
— wasif (@wasif48334895) November 21, 2016
General Raheel Sharif took the command of Pakistan Army on 29 November 2013, succeeding General Kayani. He has been popular with the people of Pakistan for dealing a decisive blow to militants through Operation Zarb-e-Azb as well as keeping the army out of politics.
He is due to retire on 29 November this year. A new army chief is yet to be named by the Prime Minister.
Also on Monday, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif stated that the next army chief would be chosen by the PM and that the premier would consider Gen. Raheel’s point of view as well. He lauded the COAS role in eliminating militancy from across the country, saying his services for the country will be remembered forever.