Raheel Sharif

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Raheel Sharif
HI (M)[1]
Pak Army Chief 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 59)
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
Awards Order of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.pngNishan-e-Imtiaz(Military) Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-i-Imtiaz[1]
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Rank OF-9 Pakistan Army.svgGeneral
Unit 6th FF Regiment
Commands XXX Corps
XI Division
Commandant, PMA Kakul
Battles/wars War in North-West Pakistan
2014 Kashmir Skirmishes

General Raheel Sharif (Urdu: راحیل شریف; born 28 June 1956), NI(M), HI(M), is a four-star rank army general and the current (15th) Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army, in office since 2013.[2]

Early life and family[edit]

General Raheel Sharif was born in Quetta. He belongs to a noble Rajput family[3][4][5] with roots in Punjab (in the town of Kunjah, Gujrat).[3] He has a prominent military background,[6] He is son of (late) Major Rana Muhammad Sharif.[6] 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.[7] 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.[3] 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.[8] He is married and has three children, two sons and a daughter.[6]

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


Military service[edit]

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

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.[6] In 2002, he was also appointed as Military Secretary by then Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf succeeding Nadeem Taj, who later served as director general ISI.[9]
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.[6]

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 warfare training to the troops.[10] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[7] According to sources, General Sharif is said to be uninterested in politics. But he was elevated over two more senior generals.[12] Lieutenant General Haroon Aslam, a senior general, resigned over Sharif's elevation.[13] The other more-senior general, Rashad Mahmood was appointed as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.[14] The News reported that General Aslam may have been superseded because of his action in the 1999 coup.[15]

In 2013, Sharif was conferred with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (military).[16] Raheel Sharif will retire as Chief of Army Staff (Pakistan) on November 2016.[17]

According to The Economist, "Unlike his predecessors, General Sharif appears to see jihadists, principally in the form of Pakistan’s own Taliban, as the country’s greatest threat, and has sought the help of the Americans in countering it."[18]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Service Medals
10 Years Service Medal[19]
20 Years Service Medal[19]
30 Years Service Medal[19]
Command and Staff College Centenary Medal[19]
Non-operational Military Awards
Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence Military)[19]
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence)[19]
Commemorative Medals
Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha (Resolution Day Golden Jubilee Medal)[19]
Tamgha-e-Istaqlal (Escalation versus India Medal)[19]
Hijri Tamgha (Hijri Medal)[19]
Tamgha-e-Jamhuriat (Democracy Medal)[19]
Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal[19]
Tamgha-e-Baqa (Nuclear Test Medal)[19]
Foreign Awards
Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia)[20]
Legion of Merit (United States)


  1. ^ a b "Official Profile of Chief of Army Staff". 
  2. ^ Mateen Haider (1 January 2013). "Lt Gen Raheel Sharif chosen as new army chief". Dawn (Dawn.Com). Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Luck plays role in Gen Sharif's promotion". The News. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Hasan, Abdul Qadir (1 December 2013). "After Nishan-e-Haider". urdu.alarabiya.net (in Urdu). Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Mustafa, Nazia (29 November 2013). "From Sharif to Sharif". Nawaiwaqt Newspaper (in Urdu). Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Profile: Lt General Raheel Sharif". Dawn. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Reuters (23 February 2011). "Lt Gen Raheel Sharif appointed new army chief – The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lt. General Raheel Sharif Appointed as Chief of Army Staff". Pakistan Tribune. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Luck plays role in Gen Sharif’s promotion Print Edition The News International, Shakil Shaikh, November 28, 2013 | Retrieved 7 July, 2015
  10. ^ a b Khan, Wajahat S. (29 November 2013). "Knows the rules, makes a pincer move". thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Profile: Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's 'strategic' army head". BBC. 27 November 2013. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Haroon Aslam resigns following Gen Sharif's promotion to army chief". Tribune. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Gen Raheel Sharif new COAS, Gen Rashad Mahmood CJCSC". The News International. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Lt General Haroon Aslam resigns". The News International. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "President honours army chief, JCSC head with Nishan-e-Imtiaz". Tribune. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  17. ^ http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/26-Aug-2014/general-janjua-may-be-next-isi-dg
  18. ^ Afghanistan: Old problems, new hope, economist.com.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Raheel Sharif meets Chuck Hagel". 9 December 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "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

2014 Kashmir Skirmishes

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