July 22, 2010 It was the night of the general by all accounts. A quiet Thursday evening sprang a major political surprise when Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani appeared on the television screens to announce in a brief speech that he, after consultations with President Asif Ali Zardari, had decided to relax the rules and grant an extension of three years to Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
Gen Kayani, who was scheduled to retire on November 28, 2010, stayed on to command the army for another full term.
General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani retires on November 28, 2013.
Nawaz Sharif starts hunt for new boss. So what do you think? Who will be next COAS?