WASHINGTON — Pakistan, which is transitioning the leadership of their army, has selected a so-called “moderate” whose brother is a Pakistani war hero.
Reuters reported that Lieutenant-General Raheel Sharif will take over as the newest army chief of Pakistan, which has the world’s sixth-largest army. His predecessor, General Ashfaq Kayani, will hand over power today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, not related to Raheel Sharif, made the announcement this past week. Raheel Sharif has been a career army officer and many hope he will be a cool head as tensions continue to rise between Pakistan and India.
Some fighting has broken out in the hotly-contested province of Kashmir, with India and Pakistan pointing fingers at each other. Many countries fear that both India and Pakistan will launch a nuclear war if the situation continues to escalate.
The army chief is the most powerful leader in the country of Pakistan, as the Pakistani army has deposed civilian government rulers to maintain order and peace. Other than India and Kashmir, they are battling Taliban tribes close to the Afghanistan border.