Tonight with Moeed Pirzada: Farewell..or is it? Salman Ghani on the Army Chief’s extension!

Mr. Salman Ghani, Head of Political affairs Dunya News TV, joined Doctor Moeed Pirzada to elaborate his anecdote in Kamran Khan’s talk show, in which he had speculated that the army chief might get a one year extension to his service. Mr. Ghani said that in light of the larger national interests, the dynamics of the Pak China Economic Corridor and his outstanding military services, the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif should be given am extension to his service. The time line of the extension discussions was also discussed. The debate was first instigated in early 2015, after which it was said that the COAS had conveyed his firm stance refusal to take any extension in his tenure to the civil government. Rumours of the Chief being promoted to Field Marshal were also floated, and after that an active media campaign was instigated, contemplating as to if the Chief will agree to extend his tenure. I’m January 2016, a firm no extension stance was conveyed by the ISPR via a tweet. The army has maintained that stance ever since.