Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif (راحیل شریف) is four star army officer in Pakistan Army. Raheel Sharif is
the 15th Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army. He was nominated for this post
by Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) hails from
a martial stock. He was born in Quetta on 16 June 1956 to Major and Mrs
Muhammad Sharif. He is younger brother of Major Shabir Sharif, who received
both the Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery in 1971 war, and
Capt Mumtaz Sharif.
He is an alumnus of Govt College Lahore, and Pakistan
Military Academy from where he passed out with 54th PMA Long Course.
He was Commissioned in Oct 1976 in the hardened and renowned
6th Battalion The Frontier Force Regiment in which his elder brother had
The general is married with two sons and a daughter.
As a young officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an
Infantry Brigade and also served as Adjutant of Pakistan Military Academy. He
did Company Commander’s course from Germany and subsequently served in the
prestigious school of Infantry and Tactics as an instructor.
He attended the Command and Staff College Canada and
graduated with distinction. The Officer carries with him a vast experience of
Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. He served as the Brigade Major
of an Infantry Brigade and has commanded two infantry units i.e 6 Frontier
Force Regiment at Kashmir along LoC and 26 Frontier Force Regiment along the
He remained on the faculty of the Command and Staff College,
Quetta and attended Armed Forces War Course at National Defence University,
Islamabad in 1998. As a Brigadier, he has commanded two Infantry Brigades,
including an Independent Infantry Brigade Group.
The General has had the honor of being the Chief of Staff of
two Corps, i.e 30 Corps and 12 Corps. He is also graduate of the prestigious
Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. He has been the General Officer
Commanding of an Infantry Division and the Commandant of Prestigious Pakistan
As a Lieutenant General, he served as Corps Commander 30
Corps for two years before taking over as Inspector General Training and
Evaluation in which capacity he oversaw the training of Pakistan Army. His
stewardship resulted in fructification of Pakistan Army’s operational thought
and doctrinal response to the much vaunted Cold Start doctrine of Indian Army.
On Nov 27, the government approved Sharif’s appointment for
the slot of Chief of Army Staff, a position that he will be taking over from
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who will be stepping down on Nov 29 after serving as
military chief for six years.
Lieutenant General Raheel
Sharif Service history
Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army (as four-star / Lt General)
Gujranwala XXX Corps (as three-star/Lt General)
of Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul (as two-star/Maj General)
Officer Commanding, Lahore (as two-star/Maj General)