Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stated,
“For quite sometime, my current responsibilities and likely future plans have been debated in the media with all sorts of rumors and speculations doing the rounds. The subject of being entrusted with new duties has also come up in several reports. I am grateful to the political leadership and the nation for reposing their trust in me and Pakistan Army at this important juncture of our national history. However, I share the general opinion that institutions and traditions are stronger than individuals and must take precedence”
Pakistan armed forces chiefs has a tragic history of not retiring on their time but Kayani here sets a great example.