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Pakistani Military Chief Kayani Confirms Retirement

Pakistani Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani
Pakistani Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani
The head of Pakistan's military says he will retire on November 29 as planned, after holding the post for six years.

In a statement on October 6, Ashfaq Kayani said it was "time for others to carry forward the mission of making Pakistan a truly democratic, prosperous, and peaceful country."

Kayani succeeded Pervez Musharraf as the chief of the Army Staff in November 2007, and his term was extended by three years in 2010.

He did not directly comment on rumors that after retirement he would take over as the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

There has been speculation that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to revamp the committee to become a body that will command the entire military establishment.

Sharif took power after a landslide win in May elections.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP