Gen. Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, perhaps the most celebrated and powerful person in Pakistan, hails from Kunjah, a few kilometers west of Gujrat city in Punjab. It is a small town of about 50,000 people. It’s where the grandfather of Raheel Sharif, Mehtab ud Din, lived and as did the General’s father – Major Muhammad Sharif. Raheel Sharif himself was not born in Kunjah. He was born in Quetta where his father was posted as major in the army. His family was religious one. His grandfather was a rather famous religious scholar. One of his military friends recalled Sharif’s earlier days in uniform. He said he was a man of strong character and steely resolve,
I remember a boxing game at the academy in which Bobby (Raheel Sharif) was pitted against a tough opponent. I do not remember who won the contest but he bravely took all the punches from his opponent, with the same expressionless face you see on television channels, and never left the fight.
Raheel Sharif is considered to be the most popular army chiefs in the recent history of Pakistan Army. Retired General and ex-President of Pakistan, Prevez Musharraf says,
He has been to the most dangerous places in the (Zarb e Azb) battle zone. Many others would not dare go near those places fearing for their lives. It is Raheel Sharif’s strong character and compassion for his juniors that sets him apart from the rest of the pack. He is not just a commander but a leader – the one soldiers happily obey and follow in war.
In 2015, Sharif’s popularity soared. He was more popular than the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan thanks him for all he has done to date. Even today on social media, the hashtag ThankyouRaheelSharif trends. He is credited with improving security in the country, launching anti-corruption drive, and most of all, his fight against terrorism. With the media hailing Raheel Sharif’s every move, internationally, his acceptance within the country became known. The General spends a massive amount of time visiting capitals across the globe, meeting monarchs, presidents, foreign ministers, his own counterparts and prime ministers. No foreign dignitary would leave Pakistan without meeting with General Sharif.
To this day, the high point in his tenure was the start of Operation Zarb e Azb in North Waziristan against Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) back in June 2015. He is largely responsible for restoring a degree of calm in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi, and he is perhaps the only military leader who approved of the government for the longest of times and did not plot any ill. He gathered unprecedented popularity among the general public and supported democracy with all his might. Today, he is close to his retirement and what a graceful retirement it will be. He could have taken an extension but chose against it. It is a wonderful example to have set for the future.
General Raheel Sharif has begun his farewells. He will be remembered for his leadership and performance. He is praised and adored by many a people. He set a prime example of what it is to be a leader, and the leaders to come should aspire to be exactly what General Raheel Sharif is. Needless to say, filling Sharif’s shoes will be next to impossible but we pray his legacy continues.
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