ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Thursday turned 60 years. The COAS was born on 16th June 1956 in Quetta and belongs to a family having an army background.

Respected Army Chief belongs to Rajput clan and is son of Major Rana Muhammad Shareef. His elder brother Major Rana Shabeer Shareef was martyred in 1971 Pak-India war and was awarded the most prestigious award of army “Nishan-e-Haider”.

General Raheel is the youngest among three brothers and two sisters. His elder brother Captain Mumtaz Shareef also has Sitara Bisalat to his credit while setting a glorious example of bravery but he got retired from army due to health issues.

General Raheel is nephew of great Major Aziz Bhatti who thrashed back Indian Army during 1985 war. He indeed set an unforgettable and remarkable precedent of valour that still inspires and is a beacon for the institution of army. Major Aziz Bhatti was awarded by Nishan-e-Haider, is the most honourable award.

General Raheel is married and has three children; two sons and a daughter. He went to Government College Lahore for studies and after that got appointed as Commissioned Officer in Pakistan Army in the 1976.

After finishing training in Kakul Academy, he joined Frontier Force Regiment which itself is exemplary for producing army champions. General Raheel fulfilled his duties in Gilgit, served as Corps Commander Gujrat and Corps Commander Lahore. He was also appointed as Inspector General Training. Army Chief Raheel had also been Military Secretary of Army Chief during Parvez Musharraf’s tenure.

After becoming Inspector General Training, General Raheel gave a new dimension to the training as he shifted the focus of training from war to conducting operations, raids and minor strikes mainly because he was giving more attention and importance to war against Taliban than any other less expected war and this smart strategy paid off greatly for Pak Army in the war against terrorism.

He formulated Military Doctrine and other useful strategies and has also invented a strategy to counter “Cold Doctrine” devised by India.

In November 2013, General Raheel was appointed 15th Army Chief of Pak-Army. General Raheel has also been awarded with Nishan-e-Bisalat for rendering his credible and splendid services for Pak Army. General Raheel initiated Operation Zarb-e-Azb to uproot the cancerous menace of terrorism from the country which is continued with discernible success and will accomplish its target soon enough.

General Raheel will retire from his post this year in November. Former Army Chief Parvez Musharraf, rest of military leadership and the whole nation insisted General Raheel to extend his tenure but despite all this General Raheel negated any such possibility and said that he will retire this year when his tenure will come to an end.