ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Shahbaz Sharif has decided to elevate Lieutenant General Asim Munir to the rank of 4-Star general and appoint him as next Chief of Army Staff (COAS). While Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad was also elevated to 4-Star general and appointed as next Chairman Joint Chiefs of Committee (CJCSC).
The announcement in this regards was made by Marriyum Aurangzeb, Information Minister taking on Twitter, saying the prime minister had made the choice while exercising his constitutional powers. She went on to say that two Lieutenant Generals were elevated to to full general slot and appointed as COAS and CJCSC respectively. General Asim Munir and General Sahif Shamshad will assume new charge of Army Chief and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
Speaking to the media minutes after the announcement was made, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said the “advice” had been forwarded to President Arif Alvi.
He said that all matters had been settled according to the law and the Constitution, calling on the nation to refrain from viewing it through a “political lens”.
He expressed the hope that the president would not make the appointment “controversial” and would endorse the advice of the premier.
Lt General Asim Munir is the senior most officer after outgoing Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and is currently serving as Quartermaster General in the Pakistan Army.
Lt General Munir entered the service via the Officers Training School (OTS) programme in Mangla and was commissioned into the 23rd Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment.
General Asim Munir commanded troops in the Force Command Northern Areas as a brigadier under Gen Bajwa, who was then Commander X Corps. He was appointed DG of the Military Intelligence in early 2017 and then ISI Director General in October 2018.
Eight months later, Gen Munir was posted Gujranwala Corps Commander. He was moved to the GHQ as Quartermaster General two years later.
Gen 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.
He is a ‘Hafiz-e-Quran’ who memorised the Quran during his posting in Saudi Arabia as Lt Colonel.