Pakistan Army’s ‘change of command’ ceremony to be held tomorrow
Pakistan Army’s ‘change of command’ ceremony will be held tomorrow (Tuesday), Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Department said on Monday.
Outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa will hand over the baton of command to new COAS General Asim Munir, who was appointed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on November 24.
President Arif Alvi signed the summary and approved the appointment of Lt-Gen Asim Munir as the new chief of the army staff (COAS) and Lt-Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
General Asim Munir will be the 17th army chief to assume the command of the Pakistan Army.
Moreover, General Qamar Javed Bajwa will also hold farewell meetings with the President and Prime Minister today.
Gen Bajwa’s extension:
Outgoing Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was supposed to retire in 2019, but three months before his retirement, the then Prime Minister Imran Khan extended his tenure by three years in August 2019.
However, the Supreme Court (SC) suspended the extension in November 2019.
The apex court extended General Bajwa’s term for six months and asked the Parliament to pass legislation on the re-appointment of services chiefs.
In January 2020, the PTI-led parliament passed legislation, putting the matter of the extension in the tenure of services chiefs at the discretion of the PM.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure is coming to its end on November 29.
Who is Lt. Gen Asim Munir?
Lt Gen Asim Munir is currently the most senior general; he was promoted to the rank of two stars General in September 2018. His tenure as Lieutenant General will come to its end on November 27 as he assumed the charge after the two months of promotion.
Lt. Gen Asim Munir joined the army service through the Officers Training School (OTS) at Mangla and was commissioned in the Frontier Force Regiment.
He has been a close aide of the current Chief of Army Staff ever since he assumed command of the troops in Force Command Northern Areas as a Brigadier, where General Qamar Javed Bajwa was then Commander X Corps.
Later, he was appointed DG Military Intelligence in early 2017 and made ISI chief in October the following year. However, his tenure as the top intelligence officer was short-lived as he was replaced by Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed within eight months of the service at the insistence of the then Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He was posted as Gujranwala Corps Commander before being transferred as Quartermaster General at GHQ where he held the post for two years.
Lt-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.