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Musharraf to handover command of Army to General Kayani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Nov 27, IRNA
President General Pervez Musharraf Tuesday began a two-day blitz of farewell calls to the Services Chiefs at the end of his around 43-year career with the Pakistan Army, including his nine years as the chief of Army Staff, an army statement said Tuesday.

He will hand over the command of country's armed forces to Vice Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani as the new chief of Army Staff on Wednesday, in a grand ceremony.

General Pervez Musharraf paid farewell calls at the Joint Staff Headquarters, the Naval and the Air Headquarters. He will visit the General Headquarters on Wednesday.

He thanked the officers and jawans for their cooperation and lauded their services for rendering supreme sacrifices for their country in meeting external and internal threats and particularly noted their role in fighting the global war against terrorism.

The president said the professionalism of the three services was internationally acknowledged and a source of pride for the country and its armed forces.

He said the Pakistan army, navy and the air force have always risen to the occasion whenever the need arose and were a guarantee to the sovereignty and independence of the country.

Attired in military ceremonial dress, the president visited the three military headquarters in line with the tradition. Contingents of the various services presented him a salute. The president reviewed the guard of honor.

President General Pervez Musharraf had a meeting with the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majid at the Joint Staff Headquarters.

President General Musharraf later visited the Naval Headquarters.

He met Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir and the Principal Staff Officers.

He also visited the Air Headquarters and met Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed along with other senior officers.

He also had an informal chat with the senior officers and was presented souvenirs.

Musharraf, who is to relinquish charge of army chief on November 28 will take oath of his office as a civilian president for a term of five years on November 29.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar will administer oath at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.


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