Even during his exit, General Raheel Sharif made sure to leave with impact! Outgoing military chief of Pakistan, warned India against adopting an aggressive stance in Kashmir during his final speech, as he handed over power to successor COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Sharif cautioned India against perceiving “restraint” of Pakistan over the ongoing Kashmir disputes as a weakness!
“Unfortunately, in recent months, increasing state terrorism in [Indian] occupied Kashmir, and India’s aggressive steps have put the region’s peace in danger,” Raheel Sharif said.
At a vibrant and colorful ceremony held at Army Hockey Stadium, Rawalpindi, General Raheel Sharif welcomed the incoming, 57-year-old Bajwa chief as he handed over power of the world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers.
General Raheel Sharif spoke at a colorful ceremony welcoming incoming chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at a stadium at Army headquarters in Rawalpindi.
“I want to make it clear to India that considering our policy of restraint a weakness would be dangerous for her,” he said receiving massive applause.
“This is a reality that in South Asia, lasting peace and progress is impossible without solution of the Kashmir issue. For that, international community’s special attention is necessary,” added Sharif.
Soaring tensions between both the neighboring nations have aggravated after a deadly attack on Indian army base occurred back in September and New Delhi accused the Pakistan-based militants. India then responded by conducting surgical strikes across the border, sparking raging anger from Islamabad- Pakistan denied any such strikes.
Many Pakistanis called for Sharif to extend his term as he stepped down from his three-year tenure on Saturday.
Uniformed soldiers marched while military bands played at the ceremony on Tuesday- the outgoing chief handed a wooden cane over to Gen. Bajwa, his successor as a symbol of power.
Twitterati expressed their emotions all over while #ThankyouRaheelSharif trended on Twitter:
See how the general public & celebrities reacted to General Raheel Sharif’s retirement
Thankyou Raheel Sharif.Congrats to Gen Qamar Bajwa for assuming command of one of the best Armed Forces of the world. #ThankYouRaheelSharif
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) November 29, 2016
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) November 29, 2016
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— Mian Omer (@Iam_Mian) November 29, 2016
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— Aurangzaib khan (@AurangzaibKhan_) November 29, 2016
— Abdullah_RAaj (@Base__pk) November 29, 2016
— DR.TAHIR MUGHAL (@emirevoke) November 29, 2016
Solute !!! To Mr.perfect Gen #RaheelSharif good bye…..
— Engr.Yasir Basra (@yasirbasra39) November 29, 2016
— Nawaz sharif (@nomiferoz) November 29, 2016
— Tania Rana (@Tania_Rana54) November 29, 2016
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