ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to decorate Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif with the rank of ‘Field Marshal’ for his services in recognition to his meritorious services in the war against terrorism.
The rank may be awarded to Army Chief during the official ceremony of Independence Day.
Field marshal is a very senior military rank, usually it is the highest rank in an army.
It is considered as a five-star rank (OF-10) in modern-day armed forces in many countries.
General Ayub Khan is the only General in the country’s history who promoted himself as Field Marshal, in 1965.
Senior journalist Arif Nizami was quoted by Pakistan Today saying as “the decision had been taken by the civilian leadership after taking the army chief into confidence.
“However, it has been decided in principle that the army chief will not be given an extension in his service. Rather, the new army chief will be appointed on schedule,” he added.
Nizami said in his talk show DNA on Channel 24 that COAS Raheel Sharif may continue providing his services in one form or another. He said that due to his great services to the country, especially for his role in crushing terrorists and protecting the country from the menace of terrorism, he may also render his services for an anti-terrorism role, such as being made an “anti-terrorism tsar.”
However, according to Saleh Zafar, the veteran journalist told TheNewsTribe.com when approached that the vacancy is an honorary post and does not contain any additional power.
“There is no need for any amendment in the army act or the constitution. The army has to make a declaration in this regard,” he said.