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ISLAMABAD: As news spread that Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had kicked off his farewell meetings, Pakistanis paid glowing tributes to the army chief for dealing a decisive blow to terrorism in the country and keeping the armed forces away from politics.

Here are a couple of tweets:-

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Jibi Khan @comely13
The real reason of success the #ArmyChief is to keep Army out of politics. Massive respect. Sir.
2:03 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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انکل ٹرمپ @Farrukh_Shahzad
#ArmyChief Gen Raheel Shareef, a man of integrity, professionalism and commitment. You have left a legacy for sure#ThankYouRaheelSharif
1:58 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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ufaq nazir @ufaqnazir10
the most loved #ArmyChief of Pak .raheel sir v will never forget ur efforts for pak. may Allah bless us with such army chiefs in future.
1:54 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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Zuhair Ahmed Khan @iamzakhan
#ArmyChief We would have been more happy to see General Sahab in More Action but Legends are remembered by there actions not time,Farewell!
2:09 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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آمنہ. @Amna_Pakistani
please sir don’t go.☹️😓 #ArmyChief
2:09 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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Ali Aslam @TweetsByAslam
Politicians should learn from #ArmyChief, the love for country and decisions made by him.
Prayers and Respect ❤
2:08 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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syeda gulalai @GULELAL93495323
May ALLAH give us the next #ArmyChief like General raheel sir…
2:07 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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Muhammad Imran @Mi6686347Imran
So, Army Chief Raheel Sharif begins Farewell visits. One of the best Army Chief Pakistan ever witnessed.
Nation Salutes You!#Armychief
2:07 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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wasif @wasif48334895
One & only Gen. Raheel, you are honest, fearless, great leader. we remember you for long time.#ArmyChief
2:06 PM – 21 Nov 2016
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Gen. Raheel Sharif will retire on November 29, 2016 and a new army chief will be chosen by the Prime Minister. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif stated that the next army chief would be chosen by the PM and that the premier would consider Gen. Raheel’s point of view as well.

General Raheel Sharif succeeded General Kayani in 2013 and has been popular with the people of Pakistan for dealing a decisive blow to militants through Operation Zarb-e-Azb as well as keeping the army out of politics.