Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said he doesn't believe in extension, Waqt News reported. “I will retire at the end of my tenure,” he said.

As quoted by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army Chief said Pakistan Army is a great institute. “National interest is most important for me,” he said. ISPR said all rumors regarding COAS' extension are baseless.

 Speculations are rife regarding an extension in the service of Gen Raheel after former president Gen (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf called for an extension, warning against a change in the military leadership.

 "What he is doing right now, it needs continuity. If there is any change in the leadershipl, all good work which has been done so far would go to waste," Musharraf had said.

General Sharif added that Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the war against terrorism will continue with full force.

General Raheel Sharif is considered to be one of most successful and popular army chiefs in Pakistan's history. His involvement in the war against terrorism and relations with the civilian government have added to his repute.

General Raheel Sharif assumed COAS office on November 29, 2013 after General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani's retirement.

 Gen Kayani served as military chief for six years after rules were relaxed to grant him an extension in July 2010 by the then Pakistan People’s Party government. The then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said, this was in the interest of continuity at a time when the war on terror was going on.

General Raheel Sharif started Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan which is considered to be last stronghold of TTP. He is due to retire on November 29, 2016.