No one can deny the fame and popularity of Army Chief General Raheel Sharif whose retirement is expected at the end of this month. Adamant voices have risen from the civil society to confer the title of honorary Field Marshal to Gen. Raheel Sharif.
Sardar Adnan Saleem Khan Mazari, the executive member of District Bar Association Rawalpindi, has asked supreme court to grant the title of Field Marshal to Gen. Raheel Sharif for acknowledging his services for the nation. The new petition is, in fact, a plea aginst a judgment that Lahore High Court gave on 18 Oct, to reject the same petition.
In his petition to Supreme Court, Sardar Mazari has termed the high court’s decision to be unlawful as it didn’t consider the merit of Gen Raheel Sharif and the very reasons that provided him with the foundation for earning such titles.
In many countries, the rank of Field Marshal exists, and it is granted in return for outstanding services offered by the Army chief for the nations. Sardar Mazari not only narrated examples from entire globe but also sighted the example of Ex-Army Chief General Ayub Khan who granted himself the title of Field Marshal.
At the national level, Gen Raheel Sharif has amassed immense popularity and nation would be much akin to see their favourite Army Chief retiring with this honorary title. The bold action of Army chief against terrorists in the form of Zarb-e-Azab and his determination to keep himself to the matters of national defence made him earn huge respect from al the spheres of life.
Who is going to be the Next Army Chief
The defence ministry recommends the name of Army chief to the Prime Minister, and he selects the one on his discretion. By seniority, there are four prominent names that Defense Ministry would likely present to Prime Minister. These include the Chief of Gen Staff Lt. General Zubair Hayat, Corps Commander of Multan Lt Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Corps Commander of Bahawalpur Lt General Javed Iqbal Ramday and Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa who is Inspector Gen Training and Evaluation. The authority to select the army chief rests with the Prime Minister.