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Army Chiefs of Pakistan

Army Chiefs of Pakistan

General Raheel Sharif, Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) hails from a martial stock. He was born in Quetta on 16 June 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif. He is younger brother of Major Shabir Sharif, NH, SJ and Capt Mumtaz Sharif, Sbt. He is an alumnus of Govt College Lahore, and Pakistan Military Academy from where he passed out with 54th PMA Long Course. He was commissioned in Oct 1976 in the battle hardened and renowned 6th Battalion The Frontier Force Regiment in which his elder brother had embraced Shahadat.

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 Commanders 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.

The officer carries with him a vast experience of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. 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 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 Brigadier, he has commanded two Infantry Brigades, including an Independent Infantry Brigade Group. The General has had the honor of being the Chief of Staff of two Corps, i.e 30 Corps and 12 Corps. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom.

He has been the General Officer Commanding of an Infantry Division and the Commandant of prestigious Pakistan Military Academy. As a Lieutenant General he served as Corps Commander 30 Corps for two years before taking over as Inspector General Training and Evaluation in which capacity he oversaw the training of Pakistan Army. His stewardship resulted in fructification of Pakistan Army�s operational thought and doctrinal response to the much vaunted Cold Start doctrine of Indian Army. The general is married and has two sons and a daughter. He is an avid reader and enjoys hunting and swimming.

On Nov 27,2013, 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, 2013 after serving as military chief for six years.

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01- General Sir Frank Messervy August 15, 1947 February 10, 1948
02- General Sir Douglas Gracey February 11, 1948 January 16, 1951
03- Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan January 16, 1951 October 26, 1958
04- General Muhammad Musa Khan October 27, 1958 June 17, 1966
05- General Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan June 18, 1966 December 20, 1971
06- Lieutenant General Gul Hassan Khan December 20, 1971 March 3, 1972
07- General Tikka Khan March 3, 1972 March 1, 1976
08- General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq March 1, 1976 August 17, 1988
09- General Mirza Aslam Beg August 17, 1988 August 16, 1991
10- General Asif Nawaz Janjua August 16, 1991 January 8, 1993
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12- General Jehangir Karamat January 12, 1996 October 6, 1998
13- General Pervez Musharraf October 6, 1998 November 28, 2007
14- General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani November 29, 2007 29 November 2013
15- General Raheel Sharif 29 November 2013 Present

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