Lt Gen will maintain arguably essentially the most highly effective submit within the nation. He will take the reins from outgoing General Qamar Javed Bajwa on November 29.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 24, 2022 17:44 IST
Lt Gen Syed Asim Munir will likely be Pakistan’s seventeenth military chief since 1947
By Tirtho Banerjee: Lieutenant-General Syed Asim Munir has been named as the subsequent Army chief of Pakistan amid hypothesis and controversy.
Lt Gen will maintain arguably essentially the most highly effective submit within the nation. He will take over the reins from outgoing General Qamar Javed Bajwa on November 29. Gen Bajwa is retiring after the top of his six-year tenure.
The appointment of Lt. Gen. Munir comes at a time when there’s a raging dispute between the army and former prime minister Imran Khan, who noticed the hand of the military in unseating him earlier this yr.
“It is based on merit, law and as per constitution,” Defence Minister Khawaja Asif mentioned after asserting Lt. Gen. Munir as the brand new chief.
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Information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb introduced the appointment on Twitter on Thursday. Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad will take cost because the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Aurangzeb added in her tweet.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif convened a cabinet assembly and selected Lt. Gen. Munir from a listing of six nominees for the highest army submit.
The names of Lt. Gen. Munir and Lt. Gen. Shamshad have been despatched for President Arif Alvi’s nod. Alvi can be the supreme commander of Pakistan’s armed forces and belongs to the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) occasion, whose chief is Khan.
The official deal with of PTI mentioned each Khan and Alvi “will act according to constitution and law”.
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A LONG JOURNEY
Lt Gen Munir will likely be Pakistan’s seventeenth military chief since 1947. A graduate from the seventeenth course of the Officers Training School in Mangla, he was commissioned into the twenty third Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment. He began his army profession in 1986.
In September 2018, Lt. Gen. Munir was promoted to the rank of a three-star normal. In reality, his four-year tenure as Lt Gen ends on November 27.
At current, Lt. Gen. Munir is posted as Quarter Master General at GHQ in Rawalpindi – charged with overseeing provides for all army items.
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In early 2017, he was appointed as Military Intelligence director normal and served within the place for 21 months. In October 2018, he was appointed as chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the nation’s premier intelligence company.
He served as ISI chief for under eight months earlier than being faraway from the submit. It was the time when the Pulwama assault that killed 40 CRPF personnel in February 2019 passed off, inflicting tensions between India and Pakistan to escalate.
Reports say that he was faraway from the ISI chief’s submit by Bajwa on the request of then PM Imran Khan. Khan changed Lt. Gen. Munir with Lt Gen Faiz Hamid, thought-about as Khan’s confidante.
Lt. Gen. Munir was additionally posted as Gujranwala Corps commander for 2 years. It was from the place he was moved to his current posting at GHQ, Rawalpindi.
He is a holder of the Sword of Honour and was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz in March 2018.
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Nov 24, 2022