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

New Army Chief of Pakistan Lt Gen Asim Munir is Hafiz-e-Quran and holds the title ‘Sword of Honour’.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved the appointment of Lieutenant General Asim Munir as the 17th Army Chief of Pakistan.

Lt. Gen. Asim Munir hails from the ​​Rawalpindi, joined the Pakistan Army in the 17th course of Officer Training School (OTS) Mangala, after which he was commissioned in the 23rd Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment.

Lt. Gen. Asim Munir is a three-star general and currently serving as a Quartermaster General (QMG) in the Pakistan Army.

Hafiz Asim Munir was appointed as Lieutenant General in September 2018.  He also served as Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) for about eight months.

Asim Munir also served as Director General Military Intelligence (DGMI) in 2017, while in 2019 he was also posted as Corps Commander 30 Corps Gujranwala.

In October 2021, Lt. Gen. Asim Munir entrusted the command of this position to Lt. Gen. Muhammad Amir, while Lt. Col. Asim Munir has also served in Saudi Arabia.

It is said that Asim Munir memorized the Holy Qur’an during his deployment as a lieutenant colonel in Madinah Munawara, while some sources say that Asim Munir memorized the Qur’an from the madrassa of his native area as a child.

Hafiz Asim Munir has also worked with General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Brigadier Force Command Northern Areas.  General Qamar Javed Bajwa was commanding Ten Corps at that time.

General Asim Munir is the first Army Chief, who holds the Sword of Honour.

Lt Gen Asim Munir as DG ISI

Asim Munir served as DGISI for just eight months.  During the regime of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Lt Gen Asim Munir was removed from the post after only eight months of posting and replaced by Lt Gen Faiz Hameed as DGISI.

About this incident, the military officers claim that ‘they were removed at the behest of Imran Khan’, but Imran Khan never gave any explanation or denial about it.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s close associates prevented him from being appointed as the Army Chief by naming Lt. Gen. Asim Munir.

It is said about General Asim Munir that on one hand he has been a great officer and commander but on the other hand it is also pointed out that his appointment as Army Chief has also become a ‘political issue’ among political parties. 

Before the nomination of Asim Munir, questions were being raised about him on technical grounds.  Asim Munir was retiring on November 27 and General Qamar Javed Bajwa on November 29.

Know About Lt Gen Asim Munir Father

Syed Sarwar Munir, father of General Asim Munir, was the principal of a school in Lal Karti area of ​​Rawalpindi.  He built a mosque in his neighborhood. His two brothers Qasim Munir and Hashim Munir are also Hafiz-e-Quran.

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