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Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Announces retirement

Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has announced his retirement due on 29th November, 2013 in a press release issued by ISPR today.Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Announces retirement

“My tenure ends on 29th November 2013. On that day I will retire. May the Almighty Allah help and guide us all.”

He stated while referring to his new anticipated responsibilities,

“For quite sometime, my current responsibilities and likely future plans have been debated in the media with all sorts of rumors and speculations doing the rounds. The subject of being entrusted with new duties has also come up in several reports. I am grateful to the political leadership and the nation for reposing their trust in me and Pakistan Army at this important juncture of our national history. However, I share the general opinion that institutions and traditions are stronger than individuals and must take precedence”

Pakistan armed forces chiefs has a tragic history of not retiring on their time but Kayani here sets a great example by making this right decision himself. However, he is assumed to take some other special post and according to Express Tribune, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wanted him to be the new Joint Chief of Staff Committee with augmented powers than ever. If that happened, he will be responsible of all important matters including future policy making against terrorism as well as security of Nuclear arsenals. So, we can expect him to enjoy powers even after his retirement from current post.