According to this article by Syed Fazl-e-Haider in Asia Times of 7 October, 2013, General Ashfaq Parvez Kiani, one of Pakistan's most powerful men, has announced his retirement from the post of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on November 29. He has put to rest speculation in the media that he would try to extend his three-year term for a third time. Some reports claimed that Kiani is lobbying to keep a key defense role.
He is prepared to accept a position as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC), currently a largely ceremonial post that would be given more authority, or to become defense adviser to the government, according to a report published in The Wall Street Journal.
"Kiani is using his office to say that he's the guy who can control North Waziristan, he's the one who can handle what is happening with India," The Wall Street Journal quoted a Pakistan's retired army officer as saying. "With all this going on, he's saying now is not the time for a change of leadership."
Kiani's appointment as head of the newly empowered JCSC would make him de facto head of the powerful military, which has ruled over the country for more than half of its history ---
--- Sharif had not been in good terms with the military establishment during his previous two governments and tussles with the military led to the dismissal of his governments. Sharif was put behind the bars in 1999 when former army chief General Pervez Musharraf overthrew his elected government in a military coup. Unlike his predecessor, Kiani has kept democracy on track and not indulged in adventurism against elected politicians during past six years... "Kiani has a good rapport with the Americans and has worked closely with them in Afghanistan," Reuters reported an aide to the prime minister as saying. "For Sharif and the US, it's better the devil they know."
Sharif has to take the critical decision to appoint a successor to the COAS after Kiani retires from the post on November 29. Seniority-wise, General Haroon Aslam, who currently holds the position of Chief of Logistics Staff at the Army Head Quarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, should get the job. But Sharif may appoint the army chief out of turn, violating the principle of seniority. In 1998, Sharif ignored seniority by appointing Musharraf as army chief. His decision proved a blunder when Musharraf ousted his government in a coup d'état.