General Raheel Sharif for you, a very popular military leader, who since the time he has taken over the military leadership. He born in Quetta on June 16, 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif, grew up steeped in the military tradition.
He is the man who rules the heart of every Pakistani. More appropriate to call him the man of wisdom, dignity and purely patriotic and loyal to its motherland.
He belongs to a noble Rajput family with roots in Punjab (in the town of Kunjah, Gujrat. He has a prominent military background.
He is the youngest sibling among three brothers and two sisters. His eldest brother Major Rana Shabbir Sharif, was declared as the martyr of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 by Pakistan and received Pakistan’s highest military award Nishan-e-Haider posthumously.
His other brother, Captain Mumtaz Sharif also bravely served in Pakistan army and for his bravery he was awarded SITARA-E- BASALAT, but got an early retirement due to medical reasons.
From his mother’s side, he is nephew of Major Raja Aziz Bhatti, another Nishan-e-Haider recipient, who was declared as the martyr of Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 by Pakistan.
He is married and has three children, two sons and a daughter
Education And Military
He attained his formal education at Government College Lahore and later went on to attend the Pakistan Military Academy.
After graduation, he was commissioned in 1976 in the battle hardened and renowned 6th battalion The Frontier Force Regiment in which his elder brother was also commissioned.
Over the years, Sharif climbed up the military ladder mentored by Musharraf who handed him command of the 11th Infantry Division in Lahore.
No Direct Link With Nawaz Sharif Family
Despite the common surname, Raheel Sharif is not related to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but is known to be close to tribal affairs minister Lieutenant-General Abdul Qadir Baloch, a key confidante of the Sharif family.
Head Of PMA Kakul
He has been the General Ofﬁcer Commanding of an infantry division and the Commandant of the prestigious Pakistan Military Academy.
Awards And Appointments
As a brigadier, he has commanded two infantry brigades including an independent infantry brigade group.
As a Lieutenant General, Sharif served as Corps Commander for two years before taking over as Inspector General Training and Evaluation in which capacity he oversaw the training of Pakistan Army.
He was also awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award and honour that is given to both civilians and military officers of the Pakistan armed forces.
On Nov 27, the government approved Sharif’s appointment for the slot of Chief of Army Staff, a position that he will be taking over from Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who will be stepping down on Nov 29 after serving as military chief for six years.