Who is Pakistan’s New Army Chief, Lt Gen Asim Munir?

Pakistan's New Army Chief

Qamar Javed Bajwa’s Replacement

General Qamar Javed Bajwa‘s replacement, Lieutenant General Asim Munir, has been chosen by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif after days of rumours, anticipation, and concern that the appointment to the military’s highest office would be delayed. 

President Arif Alvi approved a summary that the premier had sent, capping weeks of rumours, to confirm the choice. 

Although Lt Gen Munir is an excellent officer, it was previously thought that, due to the legal complexities, he may continue to be the traditional underdog in the campaign to become army chief. 

Gen. Nadeem Raza & Gen. Bajwa

He was given a three-star general promotion in September 2018, however he only assumed leadership two months later. Thus, on November 27, when the current Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Nadeem Raza and Chief of Army Staff Gen Bajwa will be taking off their military uniforms, his four years as a Lieutenant General come to an end. 

Lt Gen Munir joined the military after graduating from the Mangla Officers Training School and was commissioned into the Frontier Force Regiment. 

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Force Command Northern Areas

Since he oversaw troops in the Force Command Northern Areas as a brigadier under the departing army leader, who was then Commander X Corps, he has been close to Gen Bajwa. 

Lt Gen Munir was then named Military Intelligence Director General in early 2017 and Inter-Services Intelligence Chief in October of that same year. 

Top Intelligence Officer

His tenure as the top intelligence officer, however, ended up being the shortest in history since, at the behest of the then-prime minister Imran Khan, he was replaced by Lt Gen Faiz Hamid after only eight months. 

Prior to being transferred to the General Headquarters as the quartermaster general, he was stationed as the commander of the Gujranwala Corps, a position he held for two years.

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