Friday, November 29, 2013

New COAS of Pakistan Army Assumes Command

General Raheel Sharif, the new COAS Pakistan Army

General Raheel Sharif, the newly promoted general has taken over command of Pakistan Army with effect from Friday, today.

A colourful ceremony was held at the General Headquarters, Pakistan Army wherein the outgoing COAS General Ashfaq Kayani, army chief since 2007, handed over the command of the army to Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

Outgoing COAS General Ashfaq Kayani hands over the command baton to the new Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Friday

General Sharif is the younger brother of late Major Shabbir Sharif, who received the highest gallantry award of the country, the Nishan-i-Haider, for his services in the 1971 war.

Speaking at the ceremony prior to handing over the baton of command to Gen Sharif, Kayani said leading Pakistan army was an honour for him. He said during his time as army chief he had experienced a wide array of challenges on which the military focused its full attention as a national institution.

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