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October 7, 2013
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General Kayani announces retirement on November 29

October 7, 2013

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Sunday announced his retirement on November 29 after serving six years as the military chief.
“My tenure ends on 29th November 2013,” General Kayani was quoted as saying by ISPR. “On that day I will retire.”The outgoing army chief expressed his wishes in these words: “May the Almighty Allah help and guide us all.”
General Kayani, who served for two tenures of three years each as army chief, during a turbulent period in the war on terror, made this announcement to end all speculation and rumour-mongering.
General Kayani was made a four-star general on October 6, 2007 and assumed the office of the prestigious and powerful head of the Pakistan Army on November 28, 2007. He took over the command of the Pakistan Army from the then Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf, who was also president and head of state.
General Kayani’s decision has paved the way for the civil administration of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take a firm and free decision to appoint a new commander of Pakistan’s most potent institution — the Pakistan Army. Simultaneously, General Kayani has helped the nation in removing deep-seated confusion over the appointment of the next army chief, which otherwise should have been made by now.
“I have served this great nation and had the privilege ofcommanding the finest army of the world for six years to the best of my abilities and with the sincerest of my intentions,” said General Kayani in a press statement issued by the ISPR. “It is time for others to carry forward the mission of making Pakistan a truly democratic, prosperous and peaceful country that embodies the finest dreams our founding fathers had envisaged for us.”
Largely, the firm decision taken by General Kayani was preceded by a spree of unfounded, baseless and ill-informed media reports. Someone tried to give him extension, while others say he would be made Chairman Joint

Chiefs of Staff Committee and some others give him both the hats - army chief and chairman JCSC - and so on. All such speculations made negative impact on the institution and those who led it.
General Kayani also commented on such irresponsible news items and carefully lambasted those who spread such news in the public.Responding to the media reports about his future, the COAS said: “For quite sometime, my current responsibilities and likely future plans have been debated in the media with all sorts of rumours and speculations doing the rounds. The subject of being entrusted with new duties has also come up in several reports. I am grateful to the political leadership and the nation for reposing their trust in me and Pakistan Army at this important juncture of our national history. However, I share the general opinion that institutions and traditions are stronger than individuals and must take precedence.
“As I complete my tenure the will of the people has taken root and a constitutional order is in place. The armed forces of Pakistan fully support and want to strengthen this democratic order. Pakistan Army has made its contribution towards this desired end with complete clarity of mind and a comprehensive understanding of the trajectory Pakistan needs to take. They have also proven, on countless occasions through their priceless sacrifices that the defence and prosperity of Pakistan is their highest priority.”

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