The Pakistan government today dismissed reports that army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who is set to retire in November this year, would be given an extension in service.
A spokesman for the defence ministry "strongly contradicted" a report in a leading daily that the government had offered a two-year extension to Kayani.
"There is no truth in the story, rather it is based on mere speculation and a figment of the reporter's imagination," the spokesman said.
The daily had reported that the government had made a "verbal offer" to Kayani to accept an extension in his tenure.
The move was made to ensure continuity in Pakistan’s policy in the war on terror and also had the nod from the US, the report claimed.
Kayani was appointed army chief by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2007.
As a lieutenant, Kayani fought in the 1971 war against India.
In 2001, he served as the army's chief operational commander and oversaw the mobilisation of troops during a standoff with India after the terrorist attack on the Indian parliament.
He also headed the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.