Dif­fi­cult Legacy

Gen. Ra­heel Sharif has set a shin­ing ex­am­ple of moral sagac­ity and lead­er­ship for his suc­ces­sor.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By S.G. Ji­la­nee

Will he or won’t he? Will Gen. Ra­heel Sharif ac­cept an ex­ten­sion and be­come a Field Mar­shal?

Gen. Ra­heel Sharif is the first Pak­istan army chief ever, to be­come a leg­end even dur­ing his ten­ure, with many spec­tac­u­lar achieve­ments un­der his belt. The Zarbe-Azb op­er­a­tion is a shin­ing ex­am­ple where he stepped in res­o­lutely when the civil gov­ern­ment was found drag­ging its feet on the is­sue of tak­ing a firm ac­tion against the Tal­iban ter­ror­ists.

To have a proper idea of what the op­er­a­tion in North Waziristan in­volved, it should be re­called that even the Bri­tish gave it a wide berth. The area was called Yaghis­tan and its in­hab­i­tants, Yaghis. It was held that an out­sider go­ing into the ter­ri­tory never re­turned alive and the high cliffs dot­ting the area were in­ac­ces­si­ble.

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