–PML-N leader Pervaiz Rasheed says ex-army chief’s request for extension in tenure was rejected by then govt
–Lt Gen (r) Shoaib says PML-N govt wanted to promote Gen Raheel as field marshal but he refused
Former army chief General Raheel Sharif’s name has come in the media spotlight after the detailed judgement in the high treason case against former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf called for holding accountable all those who had aided the latter in leaving Pakistan on medical grounds in the midst of the special court’s proceedings.
Talking to a TV channel, senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Pervaiz Rasheed said that the former military ruler was allowed to go abroad on the recommendation of Gen Raheel. Musharraf was allowed to leave the country for medical treatment in the PML-N government’s tenure.
He added that the PML-N government didn’t have the power to stop him.
Rasheed also said that Gen Raheel Sharif wanted an extension in his tenure as the army chief, but the then government of prime minister Nawaz Sharif refused it.
However, a former army general rejected Rasheed’s claims that the PML-N had turned down Gen Raheel’s request for an extension in his tenure.
“In fact, the PML-N government had offered to give Gen Raheel a promotion and wanted to make him a field marshal,” Lt General (r) Amjad Shoaib said while talking to the TV channel.
Gen Shoaib said that Shehbaz Sharif and Chaudhry Nisar wanted to give Gen Raheel an extension in his tenure as the army chief.
“If you don’t take an extension then we can give you a promotion and make you the field marshal,” the former military official quoted Shehbaz and Nisar as telling the then army chief.
Shoaib said that Raheel had announced 10 months before his retirement that he would not take extension.
“Raheel Sharif had an offer from Saudi Arabia,” the former military official said.
In 2015, Saudi Arabia announced that it would form a new Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition force.
General (r) Raheel Sharif was appointed the alliance’s chief in January 2017, months after his retirement as the army chief.