In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 photo, Pakistan army chief General. Raheel Sharif salutes during a military exercise in Khairpur Tamiwali, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Muhammad Yousuf)
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Pakistan's powerful army chief Raheel Sharif began a round of farewell visits Monday, his spokesman said, damping speculation he might receive an extension when his three-year term ends this month.Pakistan's last two army chiefs, including Pervez Musharraf, who led the coup against Sharif, were both given extensions.Contenders this year include Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal Ramday, Lieutenant General Zubair Hayat, Lieutenant General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad and Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa, three of the prime minister's aides told Reuters in September.At home, military operations under Sharif have targeted Islamist militants, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, in 2014, besides a crackdown on crime in the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan's largest.
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