Published On: Wed, Jul 6th, 2016

US Senator John McCain calls for Gen Raheel Sharif’s extension


US Senator John McCain calls for Gen Raheel Sharif’s extension

ISLAMABAD: US Senator John McCain believes that Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif must be given extension in service “as he can help improve Pak-US relations”.

Mr. McCain, in an exclusive interview with ARY News, said Gen Sharif enjoys complete command on military matters and he deserves extension.

In January this year, the army chief had issued a statement, saying he doesn’t believe in extension of his service and at the same time asserted that he will retire on the due date [that falls in November 2016].

“I am a fan of Gen Raheel Sharif and very much inspired of him,” said the US Senator.

Senator McCain made no secret of his admiration for the army chief and termed him an able military officer.

He said the Pak army chief and other officials had some reservations over Afghan policy. But, let me add that Pak-Afghan talks can be progressed, he added.

The US senator said he was shocked to discover Pak Army had lost its 6,000 soldiers in the war on terror.

On July 3, Mr. McCain had expressed support for Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against the Taliban after visiting North Waziristan recently retaken by the military.

A four-member, bipartisan US Senate delegation led by the former presidential candidate went to North Waziristan, where in 2014 the army launched an operation to wipe out militant bases.

“Good delegation mtg w/ Chief of Army Staff of #Pakistan Gen Raheel Sharif & discussing regional security challenges,” McCain said on his verified Twitter account, also posting photos of the delegation’s visit to Waziristan.

US Senator John McCain calls for Gen Raheel Sharif’s extension

Pakistan was angered over a recent US drone strike which killed the Taliban’s leader Mullah Akthar Mansour in May in Balochistan. The US Congress also blocked the subsidised sale of eight F-16 jet fighters to Pakistan in May accusing of it of being lax in the fight against militants.

News Source ARY News

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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