ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday chose Lt Gen Asim Munir as Pakistan’s new chief of army staff (COAS). The premier also sent a summary of his appointment to President Arif Alvi.
Let’s take a look at his career and achievements.
Lt Gen Asim Munir joined the Pakistan Army from the Mangala Officers Training School programme and then became a commissioned officer in the Frontier Force Regiment.
He commanded the Northern Areas Force as a brigadier and was appointed the director-general of the Military Intelligence in early 2017.
In 2018, Lt Gen Munir was appointed as the director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Following this, he was posted as Corps Commander Gujranwala for two years. Currently, Lt Gen Munir is serving as the Quarter Master at the General Headquarters (GHQ).
Lt Gen Munir will become the first army chief who has headed both — the MI and the ISI. He will also be the first army chief who has been awarded the Sword of Honur.
When Lt Gen Munir was posted in Madina as a lieutenant colonel, the military officer became Hafiz-i-Quran (a person who has memorised the Quran) at the age of 38.