Published On: Tue, Apr 19th, 2016

Accountability vital for Pakistan’s prosperity, peace: COAS



RAWALPINDI: Calling for across the board accountability, Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said that ongoing war against terrorism and extremism cannot bring enduring peace and stability unless the menace of corruption is uprooted.

The army chief made these remarks while visiting Signal Regimental Centre in Kohat today.

“The ongoing war against terrorism and extremism being fought with the backing of entire nation cannot bring enduring peace and stability unless the menace of corruption is uprooted. Therefore, across the board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan,” he said.

Pakistan Armed Forces will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction, which would ensure a better future for our next generations.

At an installation ceremony, the COAS pinned the badges of rank on the shoulders of Major General Sohail Ahmed Zaidi, Singnal-in-Chief to formally install him Colonel Commandant of Corps of Signal.

Interacting with officers, men and families of Shuhada, the army chief commended the extra ordinary efforts of ranks of signals Corps in providing communication support to Op Zarb-e-Azb.

He also appreciated the sacrifices rendered both by men in uniform and civilians alike in defeating the terrorists and dislodging them from their bases.

Earlier, COAS laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and offered Fateha.

General Raheel Sharif was born in Quetta. He belongs to a Rajput family with roots in Punjab (in the town of Kunjah, Gujrat). He has a prominent military background, He is son of (late) Major Rana Muhammad Sharif. 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. He is the youngest sibling among three brothers and two sisters. 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. He is an avid reader and enjoys hunting and swimming.


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology