Islamabad: The Pakistani capital was on
Saturday abuzz with speculation that army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez
Kayani had been given a two-year extension though the
presidential spokesman said a final decision in this regard
will be made by the premier.
Kayani, who is set to retire in November, was granted
an extension for two years, Ary News quoted its official
sources as saying.
There have been reports in the past few months that
Kayani could be given an extension or made the Chief of
Defence Staff so that he can continue to guide Pakistan`s
powerful armed forces in the war against terrorism.
Farhatullah Babar, the spokesman for President Asif
Ali Zardari who is the supreme commander of the armed forces,
told the media that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will
decide the issue of extending Kayani`s term.
Babar said he would not comment on reports in a
section of the media about the army chief getting an
"I don`t know whether the Chief of Army Staff has got
an extension in service," he said.
Under the 18th constitutional amendment, it is the
Prime Minister`s prerogative to decide on Kayani`s term, Babar