By Irum Saleem
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf of Imran Khan now needs to give due respect to new army chief Gen Asim Munir.
It’s conflict with Gen Bajwa may not be over but Khan should drag to another person or the institution.
It is a very much wise decision which Mr Khan needs to heed upon.
Gen Asim Munir has been named as the chief of army staff and Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been named as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and duly endorsed by President Dr Alvi.
Lt Gen Munir is an outstanding officer, but because of the technicalities involved, it was earlier believed he may remain the proverbial dark horse in the race for the army chief’s position.
He was promoted to the rank of a three-star general in September 2018, but he took charge two months later. As such, his four-year tenure as Lt Gen ends on November 27, around the same time when incumbent Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Nadeem Raza and Chief of Army Staff Gen Bajwa will be doffing their army uniform.
Gen Munir entered the service via the Officers Training School programme in Mangla, and was commissioned into the Frontier Force Regiment.
He has been a close aide of Gen Bajwa ever since he commanded troops in the Force Command Northern Areas as a brigadier under the outgoing army chief, who was then Commander X Corps.
Lt Gen Munir was later appointed Military Intelligence director general in early 2017, and in October next year was made the Inter-Services Intelligence chief.
However, his stint as the top intelligence officer turned out to be the shortest ever, as he was replaced by Lt Gen Faiz Hamid within eight months, on the insistence of then-PM Imran Khan.
He was posted as Gujranwala Corps commander, a position he held for two years, before being moved to the General Headquarters as the quartermaster general.
Congratulations to the first ever sword of honour CoAS Lt Gen Asim Munir Shah…— Muhammad Muzammil Hussain (@dJmUZAMMIL) November 24, 2022
Well Deserved MASHAALLAH#ArmyChief #PakistanZindabad more power to @OfficialDGISPR pic.twitter.com/yNlpJsEMWV
First meeting between Prime Minister @CMShehbaz and newly appointed Army Chief Gen Asim Munir takes place in the PM office. #COAS #armychief Sword of Honour pic.twitter.com/Uzpg5fxzss— Jawwad Chaudhry 🇵🇰 (@JawadSChaudhry) November 24, 2022
#Rawalpindi #DGISPR— 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗮 🇵🇰 (@_Anna_tweets) November 24, 2022
Hafiz Quran and Sword of Honour Winner…
I pray to Allah Almighty that he works with heart and soul for the integrity and security of Pakistan as an Army Chief…🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰#PakistanZindabad #PakistanArmy pic.twitter.com/P9gOKPivJl
Lt Gen Asim Munir has been appointed as the COAS.— Hadi Bhatti (@aaimanhadi) November 24, 2022
He's the 1st Gen who got the Sword of Honour,& the 1st army chief who has served as both DGISI & DGMI
He is also the 1st chief who is Quran Hafiz & done his Hifaz in the age of 38 yrs from Madinah Mashallah Tabark'allah🙌🏻♥️ pic.twitter.com/SOWUsEfdfH
The very professional very brave & he himself is an institution!! He was winner of Sword of Honour as a cadet!! Remained DG ISI & DG MI!!— Awais Qayyum Rana (@awais4226) November 24, 2022
Highly experienced & the senior most, He is a Hafiz e Quran & He is Syed,Deserves to b chief !!
Well deserved appointment by @CMShehbaz pic.twitter.com/8aBQkgSKqw
Renowned Islamic Scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani Has Lauded The Decision OF Appointing A Hafiz E Quran As Chief OF Army Staff In Pakistan Army.#COAS Faiz Hameed #Bajwa Hassan Ali #Rawalpindi DG ISI #NawazSharif Kamran Khan #DGISPR Sword of Honour #Imran Asim Munir #SahirShamshadMirza pic.twitter.com/fMbgKTlAFg— Muhsin Afridi (@MuhsinAfridi1) November 24, 2022
1.Quarter Master General— Ahmed (@Ahmeds4ys) November 24, 2022
2. DG ISI
3. Commander XXX Corps
5. Sword of Honour
6. 23 FF
5 waqt ka namazi, tahajjud guzaar and fasts on every Monday & Thursday. Also, he is a philosopher and philanthropist. Lives very simple life and doesn't own a house in DHA. pic.twitter.com/OfFxyEhuRE
General Asim Munir, the new appointed is the first ever COAS who is a Hafiz e Quran & also achieved “sword of honour”of his course. 🇵🇰❤️ pic.twitter.com/30oLj0JoLH— چاند بی بی (@GreenArmy786) November 24, 2022
1. A friend just informed me that for the first time in Pak Army's history Pak Army will be commanded by a Hafiz-e-Quran— farrukh saleem (@SaleemFarrukh) November 24, 2022
2.Another friend just informed me that for the first time in Pak Army's history Pak Army will be commanded by a sword of honour winner pic.twitter.com/V8xzx9vK0R
It is being hoped that the PTI wouldn’t fall in the trap of its opponents and try to improve it’s relationship with the army. PAK DESTINY