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Lt Gen Asim Munir: Pakistan Appoints an Ex-ISI Head as the New Army Chief

Lieutenant-General Asim Munir is the successor of army chief Qamar Bajwa

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PAKISTAN: Lieutenant-General Asim Munir now gained the position of Pakistan’s new army chief. The Prime Minister of Pak, Shehbaz Sharif, appointed him. 

Munir has previously served as the head of Military Intelligence, as well as a supremo of The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The newly chosen army leader is a two-star general and alumnus of the “Officers Training School, Mangla.”

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As per various Pakistani leaders, Munir has contributed a lot to domestic and foreign politics, and his appointment could bring new changes to Pakistan’s unstable democracy. Munir is the successor of army chief Qamar Bajwa. 

Pakistan’s information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb made the big announcement on her official Twitter account.

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The minister’s tweet translates to, “Pakistan PM Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has decided to appoint Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [Committee] and Lt Gen Syed Asim Munir as the Chief of the Army Staff using the constitutional authority.”

However, the relationship between Munir and ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan didn’t share a good relationship due to their early conflict. As per early reports, Munir has sent notice to their family against his wife, Bushra Bibi, for her active involvement in the corruption. 

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In the meantime, Fawad Chaudhry, a close aide of Khan, said, “We can’t say anything until we see the new army chief’s behaviour, but the army’s participation in politics in the last six months has been controversial; this role will need to be altered.”

The current serving Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is about to complete his tenure on November 29 after the successful completion of two consecutive three-year terms. The 61-year-old general was selected as the army chief in 2016 for a term of three. In 2019, the Khan administration granted him a three-year extension.

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