ISLAMABAD – New Chief of Pakistan Army Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif has an impressive track record of service, PakistanTribe reported on Wednesday.
Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif is on a third in seniority list.
15th Chief of Army Staff was part of 54th PMA Long Course at Pakistan Military Academy.
He was commissioned in October 1976 in the battle hardened and renowned 6th Battalion, The Frontier Force Regiment in which his brother embraced martyrdom.
Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif is a brother of Nishan-e-Haider fame Shabbir Shareef Shaheed.
General Raheel Sharif was born in Quetta on 16 June, 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif.
General Sharif is an alumnus of Government College Lahore.
He served as the Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and has commanded two infantry units i.e. 6 Frontier Force Regiment at Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC) and 26 Frontier Force Regiment along the Sialkot Border. He remained on the faculty of the Command and Staff College, Quetta and attended Armed Forces War Course at National Defence University, Islamabad in 1998.
As a young officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an Infantry Brigade and also served as Adjutant of Pakistan Military Academy. He did Company Commander’s Course from Germany and subsequently served in the prestigious School of Infantry and Tactics as an instructor. He attended the Command and Staff College Canada graduating with distinction.
Gen. Raheel Sharif is also a graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom.
The new COAS has been the General Officer Commanding of an Infantry Division and the Commandant of prestigious Pakistan Military Academy.
General Sharif is married and has two sons and a daughter. He is an avid reader and enjoys hunting and swimming. He has been conferred with Hilal-i-Imtiaz.
The post of army chief is arguably the most powerful in Pakistan. General Sharif succeeds General Ashfaq Kayani, who steps down on Friday after six years in the top post.
Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif was working as a Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to Gen Kayani Inspector General Training and Evaluation (IGT&E).