Petition filed in Islamabad HC to elevate Pak Army Chief to rank of Field Marshal

| Updated: Oct 16, 2016 23:20 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct.16 (ANI): A petition has been filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to elevate Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to the rank of Field Marshal by taking into consideration his exemplary services and sacrifices rendered for the nation. Sardar Adnan Saleem, who made this appeal through his counsel Raja Saimul Haq Satti, said such an elevation is an emergent need in the present circumstances, reports the Express Tribune. The Cabinet Division Secretary, the Prime Minister through the Secretary of the PM Secretariat and the Defence Ministry Secretary have been made the respondents in the petition. For rendering services to protect national security and safeguarding the frontiers of Pakistan in accordance with the National Action Plan (NAP) and for successful completion of Zarb-e-Azab in an effective and efficient manner, the Army Chief should be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal, said Satti. The counsel said that General Sharif had provided visionary leadership to the people as well as to the security forces. Satti said, "The exemplary, outstanding and professional performance during peace and war time with total dedication and devotion by attaining the highest standards and mastery in battlefield." He added that the Chief of Army Staff needs national appreciation, award and recognition. Satti has said in the petition that for rendering his services for the nation and humanity at a larger scale in an extraordinary, exemplary and selfless manner, the Chief of Army Staff should be elevated to the highest level of military hierarchy. The counsel has urged the court to direct the respondents to elevate General Sharif to the rank of Field Marshal for leading from the front on different fronts. (ANI)