Islamabad: Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Shariff began his farewell visits on Monday, about a week before he is expected to retire.
The visits also ended speculation that he may opt for extension as as chief of Army staff.
Gen Shariff addressed a huge gathering at the garisson city of Lahore. He was also expected to visit several other places, the Dawn quoted Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) as saying.
In his address, the general that it's a matter of great pride for him to have commanded the the world's “finest Army”.
Raheel Shariff was appointed as the country’s 15th army chief on November 29, 2013. He will retire on November 29 this year.
A panel of three general officers is sent to the prime minister by the defence ministry.
Meanwhile, the defence ministry has sent the names of three officers to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to consider one of them as the next Army chief.