Pakistan Army Chief Lobbies to Keep Role

Oct 06, 2013| Courtesy by : http://online.wsj.com/

BY SAEED SHAH

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s powerful army chief, who is due to retire next month, is lobbying to keep a key defense role, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is considering the request, military and civilian officials said.

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For Mr. Sharif, it is the most delicate of decisions. His previous periods as prime minister were ended prematurely by army chiefs. In 1999, he was ousted in a coup and imprisoned by the army leader he had selected, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

The current army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, during his two terms as army chief, has overseen the first democratic transfer of power in Pakistan’s …