Friday, July 23, 2010

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Gets 3-year Extension

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Thursday extended the term of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani for three years starting from November 29, 2010.In a televised announcement, the Prime Minister said the decision to extend the term of COAS has been in consultation with the President Asif Ali Zardari.The Prime Minister said the government is presently engaged in war against terrorism which is now at a critical stage, adding that this requires continuity of military leadership under the present Army Chief who led successful operations in Swat, Malakand and South Waziristan. The Prime Minister said the ongoing army operations have entered into a critical juncture and it is necessary to have continuity in the leadership of Army. Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said the Army Chief, due to his professional capabilities and leadership qualities, is looked upon with respect and honour both domestically and internationally.
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