General Asim Munir takes charge as Chief of Army Staff

General Asim Munir
General Asim Munir assumed command of Pakistan Army
General Asim Munir is the first COAS who has served as DG ISI and DG MI

General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday handed over the command of the army to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir at the General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi.General Bajwa passed the baton of command to Gen Munir, making the latter the country’s 17th army chief.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, senior serving and retired officers, diplomats as well as government functionaries were in attendance.Former army chiefs Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif and Gen (retd) Kiyani also attended the ceremony.

Gen Bajwa congratulated Gen Munir on being appointed his successor and hoped his promotion would be a cause for the progress of the country and the army.In addition to being a Hafiz-i-Quran, he is a professional, capable and principled officer. I am certain that under his leadership the army will reach new heights of success,General Bajwa added.

General Asim Munir has been a close aide of Gen Bajwa ever since he commanded troops in the Force Command Northern Areas as a brigadier under the outgoing army chief, who was then Commander X Corps.

Gen Asim Munir is the recipient of the Sword of Honour from the 17th course of the Officers Training School in Mangla. Also, he is the recipient of the Hilal-i-Imtiaz.

Lt Gen Munir was later appointed Military Intelligence director general in early 2017, and in October next year was made the Inter-Services Intelligence chief.His stint as the top intelligence officer turned out to be the shortest ever, as he was replaced by Lt Gen Faiz Hamid within eight months, on the insistence of then-PM Imran Khan.

He was posted as Gujranwala Corps commander, a position he held for two years, before being moved to the General Headquarters as the quartermaster general.


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