Pakistan, Rawalpindi News : Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has announced that he will retire on November 29.
The announcement has stirred a new debate about General Kayani’s likely successor.
Lt-Gen Haroon Aslam tops the list of potential contenders as he is placed at number 1 in a seniority list. He is also serving as Chief of the Logistic Staff. Lt-Gen Aslam also served as Director General Military Operations and SSG Command. To his credit, he also led army’s successful offensive against Taliban in the Swat valley.
Lt-Gen Rashid Mahmood is at number two on the seniority list. Lt-Gen Mahmood is the Chief of General Staff and Colonel Commandant of the Baloch Regiment.
If the new army chief is picked from any of these two officers, their term will last only for four months and 10 days. The retirement date of both the senior most officers is April 9, 2014.
Lt-Gen Raheel Sharif is third on the seniority list. He has been serving Inspector General Training and Evaluation. In addition, he is also Col. Commandant, Frontier Force Regiment. He is to retire on 1st October 2014.