Why a Pakistani would like to thank General Raheel Sharif

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I believe we as a nation, are hungry for leadership. We have seen the darkest era of political failures, terrorism and corruption. We feel it is our responsibility to thank those who are true to us; true to the title they hold and honest in their quest of fulfilling their duty. General Raheel Sharif has done an exceptional job in his capacity to withhold the war against terrorism. It sounds like Pakistanis worship him because they actually do and this absolutely DOES NOT mean that I am pro military taking a shot at civilian government, I am pro-democracy through and through.

For me these were a few reasons why Raheel Sharif as Chief of Army Staff was actually beneficial for Pakistan:

Operation Zarb-e-Azab

As of today, 90% of Waziristan has been cleared, 3400+ terrorists have been killed and over 1000 have been arrested. If you ask a Taliban what is the worst day of his life he will surely mention the day mission Zarb-e-Azab started. Most of USA’s operations have been unsuccessful in terms of rehabilitation and that’s where we succeeded. Rumor has it that tourism is returning back to normal in the once effected areas as well.

His Foreign Achievements

Raheel Sharif lifted the country’s image by performing outstandingly well with his decisions on several occasions. The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is supported by our army, the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) just completed a 502 km road in Balochistan and Pakistani and Russian Military signed a new arms deal. These have been some major economic decisions of 2016.


A Big No to Corruption

In an unprecedented move, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif dismissed six army officers and two generals from service over alleged corruption. The dismissed officers served with the Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan and were charged for corruption during their service with the paramilitary force. This was an exemplary move which had not been made by any chief in Pakistan Army before and started challenging many journalists/analysts who believed that army officials can escape corruption charges easily.

I would like to thank Raheel Sharif for being a soldier to the core. I would like to thank him for being free from political and personal ambitions. We need more diligent people like you in Pakistan!


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Amna Kazi