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Make Gen Sharif a Field Marshal, says petition

Islamabad, Oct 16 (IANS) A petition has been filed in the Islamabad High Court seeking the status of Field Marshal for Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif.

The petition was filed by two lawyers, Raja Samiul Haq Satti and Sardar Saleem Khan, and cites the Prime Minister and the Secretaries of defence and cabinet division as respondents, Dawn reported on Sunday.

The petition gave details about Gen Sharif and his family, including that his elder brother, Major Shabbir Sharif, was killed during the 1971 war with India.

According to the petition, Gen Sharif, whose three-year term will be up on November 27, had launched the Zarb-e-Azab operation, which had countered the plans of terrorists and that the operation was still on.

The petition said that Gen Sharif had also monitored the ongoing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

The petition argued that it was a universal and divine law that whosoever rendered services for the nation and humanity “in an extraordinary, exemplary and selfless manner” shall be elevated to the highest level of military hierarchy.

It requested the court to direct the respondents to elevate Gen Sharif to the rank of Field Marshal.

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