World Bulletin / News Desk
General Raheel Sharif assumed his office as Pakistan's army chief on Friday, a coveted post that plays a pivotal role in the south Asian country.
Gen. Sharif, who was nominated for the post by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, received the Command Cane from his predecessor General Ashfaq Pervez Kyani, who held the coveted post for six years.
The new and outgoing army chiefs were given the "guard of honor" during a change of command ceremony.
Born in 1959 in the southwestern city of Quetta, Gen. Sharif will remain in his post for three years, a set time period for an army chief which can be extended by the prime minister.
Sharif is the younger brother of Major Shabbir Sharif, one of 11 recipients of the Nishan-e-Haider Star, Pakistan's top military honor.
Shabbir Sharif was killed during the war against India in 1971.Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2013, 11:43