Raheel Sharif (Urdu: راحیل شریف; born 16 June 1956), NI(M), HI(M), is a retired Pakistan Army four-star general who served as the 15th Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army. He is considered as the most popular army general in the country's history. After his retirement as Pakistan's Army Chief, he was appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, a 39-nation alliance of Muslim countries headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Under General Raheel Sharif's command, the Pakistan Army carried out anti-terrorism operations across the country. The most important of these was in North Waziristan, namely Operation Zarb-e-Azb which eradicated taliban strongholds in the region and stabilized the entire country. He expanded the role of paramilitaries in Karachi which is widely credited with reducing the level of violence in Pakistan's commercial capital. The Pakistani military under his command has also supported the democratically elected government on the federal level and the Baloch provincial and local government in ending the Balochistan insurgency by pursuing reconciliation and integration of former militants back into mainstream Pakistani society. General Sharif also developed a new brigade-level military unit to help protect and secure the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which runs through Balochistan province. General Sharif helped to develop Pakistan's indigenous defence industry which resulted in the savings of more than $1.14 billion of Pakistan's forex, over a year and half time period.
General Sharif achieved his objectives by strengthening the role of the military in affairs directly concerning national security and foreign policy, while leaving the civilian government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in control of social and economic policy. and reconciled Pakistan with America by striking against militant groups near the Afghan border, carrying out Pakistan's first joint military exercises with Russia, and deepening relations with China.
For the first time in twenty years, a general retired on time (without seeking extension of tenure) with General Sharif's retirement. General Sharif said that he was "ready to serve Pakistan" even after his retirement. General Sharif left a respected legacy in Pakistan. He is widely credited with reducing terrorism inside the country; violence in the country was reduced to its lowest level since 2006, with an overall decline of 80% in terrorist attacks under his tenure.
General Raheel Sharif was born in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province. He belongs to a family of Rajput with roots in Punjab (in the town of Kunjah, Gujrat). He has a prominent military background, and is the son of (late) Major Muhammad Sharif. He is the youngest sibling among three brothers and two sisters. his elder brother was Shabbir Sharif (28 April 1943 – 6 December 1971) was a Pakistani Army officer who was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He is the only person ever who received both the Nishan-e-Haider and Sitara-e-Jurat for his bravery. He is regarded as the most decorated officer of the Pakistan Army. and His other brother, Captain Mumtaz Sharif, served in Pakistan Army and for his bravery in saving soldiers from a burning tank during an exercise accident was awarded Sitara-e-Basalat, he received an early retirement due to his injuries. From his mother's side, he is the distant relative of Major Raja Aziz Bhatti, another Nishan-e-Haider recipient, who was declared as the martyr of Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 by Pakistan. He is married and has four children, three sons and a daughter. He is an avid reader and enjoys hunting and swimming.
Sharif received his formal education from the Government College in Lahore and afterward attended the 54th long course (L/C) of Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) . After his passing out in October 1976, he was commissioned into the 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment, where his elder brother had also served. He served as an adjutant to the Pakistan Military Academy and joined an infantry brigade in Gilgit. He has the distinction of commanding two infantry units, 6FF and 26FF as a Lt. Colonel and also as an Acting Brigade Commander in Sialkot during 1999 India-Pakistan escalation. During the Army monitoring of 2000 he was given control of Gujranwala district and is credited for bringing substantial administrative and social reforms to the area. As a Brigadier, he commanded two infantry brigades. In 2001, he was appointed Colonel of Staff of 30 Corps Guranwala. Due to US invasion of Afghanistan he was then posted as Colonel of Staff at Corps Head Quarters Quetta, Balochistan to handle the situation on the Pak-Afghan border. In 2004 he was selected to join the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies, Uk where he graduated with distinction. 
In 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Major General and assigned command of the coveted 11th Infantry Division in Lahore by General Pervez Musharraf. After commanding the division for over two years, he was posted as Commandant of the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul. Following his promotion to Lieutenant General, Sharif served as a Corps Commander Gujranwala and then as the Inspector General for Training and Evaluation of the Pakistan Army before becoming the 15th Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan.
Role in Counter TerrorismEdit
As the Inspector General for Training and Evaluation, he enhanced the military colleges in the country and provided unconventional warfare training to the troops. He also deals with the evaluation of military doctrines and war strategies with a view to shaping future training programs. He changed the army's focus more towards carrying out counter-insurgency operations against Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistani Taliban) militants.
General Sharif has spearheaded a thinking in Pakistan military since 2007 that fighting Taliban inside Pakistan is more important than focusing on India, Pakistan's arch rival since independence.
Chief of Army StaffEdit
In 2013, Sharif was conferred with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (military). He has the distinction of being conferred with 5 international military awards, highest for any Pakistani Army Chief till date, in recognition for his outstanding leadership in the fight against terrorism and bringing stability to the region. General Raheel Sharif retired as the Chief of Army Staff on 29 November 2016.
Islamic Military Counter Terrorism CoalitionEdit
In April 2017, Raheel got the approval of the Government of Pakistan to serve as head of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition a 39-nation Islamic military alliance being headquartered in Saudia Arabia.
Awards and decorationsEdit
|10 Years Service Medal|
|20 Years Service Medal|
|30 Years Service Medal|
|35 Years Service Medal|
|Command and Staff College Centenary Medal|
|Non-operational Military Awards|
|Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence Military)|
|Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence)|
|Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha (Resolution Day Golden Jubilee Medal)|
|Tamgha-e-Istaqlal (Escalation versus India Medal)|
|Hijri Tamgha (Hijri Medal)|
|Tamgha-e-Jamhuriat (Democracy Medal)|
|Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal|
|Tamgha-e-Baqa (Nuclear Test Medal)|
|Order of Abdulaziz al Saud (Saudi Arabia)|
|Legion of Merit (United States)|
|Order of Military Merit (Brazil)|
|Order of the Military Merit (Jordan)|
|Legion of Merit of Turkey|
Effective dates of promotionEdit
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|Second Lieutenant||(Oct 1976)|
|Lieutenant Colonel||(May 1993)|
|General||(Nov 2013), Promotion to four star rank as 9th Chief of Army Staff and subsequently retired after completing his 3 year tenure on (Nov 2016).|
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