Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has handed over the Pakistani military’s command to Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir in a ceremony on Tuesday.
The ceremony was held at General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi. Senior military officials were present at the ceremony. The flowers were laid at the Martyr’s memorial. With this General Qamar Javed Bajwa will be marking an end to his six years tenure as the chief of the military. A Guard of honour was given to the outgoing chief.
Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir is the 17th army chief of Pakistan who was selected by the sitting Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif last week.
Before the announcement, there were a lot of speculations on the appointment of the most powerful seat in the country.
Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir was promoted to the rank of three-star general in September 2018 but he took the charge in November with a delay of two months. He was supposed to get retired on November 27 but before that, he was immediately promoted to the rank of four-star general.
Lt. Gen. Syed Munir had also served as the Military Intelligence director general in early 2017, and in October next year, he was appointed as the chief of Inter-Services Intelligence.
In that post, he served for eight months and Lt. Gen. Faiz Hamid replaced him.
Before being moved to General Headquarters as quartermaster general he was posted as Gujranwala Corps commander for two years.