General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is going to spend Thursday, November 28th, as his last day as the Chief of Army Staff before he passes the post on to his successor, General Raheel Shareef, who is now going to take charge of the country’s most powerful institution on Friday.

General Kayani, who is always reserved with his comments, has spent six years leading the army as the Chief of Army Staff. He started his career from the military academy of Kakol, where he took the oath to defend his motherland.

Back in 1971, Kayani was recruited as the second lieutenant during the Baloch regiment and was also present during the 1971 war, fighting for his country. The only criticism he received was the fact that he is a chain smoker yet he was still able to become Director General Military Operations back in the year 2000. He was also in charge of Rawalpindi Corps, who he commanded alongside ethe country’s principal spy service and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

General Kayani became the Chief of Army Staff after ex-president, General Pervez Musharraf, resigned in the year 2007.