Not seeking extension, says Pakistan Army chief

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Islamabad, Jan 25 (IANS) Pakistan’s Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, due to retire from service in November, will not seek any extension, it was reported on Monday.

Ending months of speculation that General Sharif’s tenure was likely to be extended, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said these rumours were baseless.

“The Pakistan Army is a great institution. I don’t believe in extension and will retire on the due date,” the general said.

“Efforts to root out terrorism will continue with full vigour and resolve. Pakistan’s national interest is supreme and will be safeguarded at all costs,” he said.

General Sharif, who took over as the army chief from Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, is set to retire in November this year.

Kayani stepped down in November 2013 after serving six years at the top slot. General Sharif’s appointment was approved on November 27, 2013.

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