Raheel Sharif

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Raheel Sharif
راحیل شریف
Raheel Sharif.jpg
General Raheel Sharif
15th Chief of Army Staff
Assumed office
29 November 2013 - Present
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani
Inspector General Training and Evaluation at the General Headquarters
Personal details
Born (1956-06-16) 16 June 1956 (age 58)
Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Alma mater Government College Lahore
Pakistan Military Academy
Bundeswehr University Munich
National Defense University
Canadian Army Command and Staff College
Royal College of Defense Studies
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service October 1976 – Present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands Commander, Gujranwala XXX Corps
Awards Order of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.png Nishan-e-Imtiaz

General Raheel Sharif (Urdu/Punjabi: راحیل شریف; born 16 June 1956) is the 15th Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army, in office since 2013.[1]

Early life, family and education[edit]

Raheel Sharif was born on 16 June 1956 in Quetta to a Rajput family of prominent military background.[2][3] His father was Major Muhammad Sharif.[3] His eldest brother Major Shabbir Sharif, was declared as the martyr of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 by Pakistan and received Nishan-e-Haider posthumously. He is the youngest sibling among three brothers and two sisters.[4] His other brother, Mumtaz Sharif has also served in Pakistan army, but got an early retirement due to medical reasons.[2] He is the 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.[5] Despite sharing a common surname he is not directly related to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.[6] He is married and has three children, two sons and a daughter.[3]

18 March 2013 - Lt. Gen. David Halverson with Raheel Sharif at TRADOC Headquarters


Military service[edit]

Sharif received his formal education from the Government College in Lahore and afterward attended the Pakistan Military Academy. After graduation in 1976, he was commissioned into the 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment, where his elder brother had also served. He served as an adjutant to the Pakistan Military Academy and joined an infantry brigade in Gilgit. As a brigadier, he commanded two infantry brigades.[3] In time, he was assigned command of the 11th Infantry Division in Lahore by General Pervez Musharraf. Sharif was also the General Commanding Officer of an infantry division and Commandant of the Pakistan Military Academy. Following his promotion to Lieutenant General, Sharif served as a corps commander for two years and then took over as Inspector General for Training and Evaluation in the Pakistan Army.[3]

Chuck Hagel greets Chief of Army Staff General Rahaeel Sharif in Islamabad on December 9, 2013.

Role in War on Terror[edit]

As the Inspector General for Training and Evaluation, he enhanced the military colleges in the country and provided unconventional training to the troops.[7] He also deals with the evaluation of military doctrines and war strategies with a view to shaping future training programs. He changed the army's focus more towards carrying out counter-insurgency operations against Taliban militants.[7]

Sharif has played an important role in convincing other senior officers in the army that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and assorted militants inside Pakistan are as much of a threat as India. However, Sharif stressed that all possible threats will be dealt with accordingly, be it internally or externally.[8]

Chief of Army Staff[edit]

On 27 November 2013, Sharif was appointed as the 15th Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.[4] According to sources, General Sharif is said to be uninterested in politics. But he was elevated over two more senior generals.[9] Lieutenant General Haroon Aslam, a senior general, resigned over Sharif's elevation.[10] The other more-senior general, Rashad Mahmood was appointed as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.[11] The News reported that General Aslam may have been superseded because of his action in the 1999 coup.[12]

In 2013, Sharif was conferred with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (military).[13]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Service Medals
10 Years Service Medal[14]
20 Years Service Medal[14]
30 Years Service Medal[14]
Command and Staff College Centenary Medal[14]
Non-operational Military Awards
Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence Military)[14]
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence)[14]
Commemorative Medals
Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha (Resolution Day Golden Jubilee Medal)[14]
Tamgha-e-Istaqlal (Escalation versus India Medal)[14]
Hijri Tamgha (Hijri Medal)[14]
Tamgha-e-Jamhuriat (Democracy Medal)[14]
Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal[14]
Tamgha-e-Baqa(Nuclear Test Medal)[14]
Foreign Awards
Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia)[15]


  1. ^ Mateen Haider (1 January 2013). "Lt Gen Raheel Sharif chosen as new army chief". Dawn (Dawn.Com). Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Luck plays role in Gen Sharif's promotion". The News. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Profile: Lt General Raheel Sharif". Dawn. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Reuters (23 February 2011). "Lt Gen Raheel Sharif appointed new army chief – The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lt. General Raheel Sharif Appointed as Chief of Army Staff". Pakistan Tribune. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Raheel Sharif is new army chief, Mehmood CJCSC". Dawn. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Khan, Wajahat S. (29 November 2013). "Knows the rules, makes a pincer move". thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Profile: Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's 'strategic' army head". BBC. 27 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Waraich, Omar (2013-11-27). "Gen. Raheel Sharif: Pakistan's New Army Chief Assumes Pivotal Job | TIME.com". World.time.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Haroon Aslam resigns following Gen Sharif's promotion to army chief". Tribune. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gen Raheel Sharif new COAS, Gen Rashad Mahmood CJCSC". The News International. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lt General Haroon Aslam resigns". The News International. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "President honours army chief, JCSC head with Nishan-e-Imtiaz". Tribune. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "See ribbons". 10 December 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Gen Raheel meets with Saudi political, military leadership". Dawn. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Ashfaq Pervez Kayani
Chief of Army Staff
2013 – Present