Rawalpindi: General Syed Asim Munir took charge as the 17th Chief of the Pakistan Army. A grand ceremony of the change of command of Pakistan Army was held at GHQ Rawalpindi in which retired Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was the chief guest.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, chiefs of armed forces, senior serving and retired military officers, their families and federal secretaries are also participating in the ceremony.
Apart from this, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb are also participating in the event.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the new Army Chief General Asim Munir first visited the Martyrs’ Memorial where they placed flowers on the Martyrs’ Memorial and prayed for the high status of the Martyrs. Bands of the Pakistan Army presented the tunes of the national anthem and national songs and saluted the national flag.
The chief guest of the ceremony, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, along with General Asim Munir, was greeted by the guards on his arrival at the venue, after which the ceremony began with the recitation of the Holy Quran, after which a farewell guard of honor was presented to General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Outgoing Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa gave the Malaka stick, considered as the symbol of the Army Command, to General Syed Asim Muneer and congratulated him with a hug.
General Asim Munir has become the 17th Chief of Army Staff after assuming the command of the army.
Address of outgoing Army Chief
Addressing the ceremony, outgoing Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa congratulated the new Army Chief General Asim Munir.
He said that on the occasion of completing my lifelong association with the Pakistan Army, I am grateful to Allah for giving me the opportunity to serve in this great army and for giving me a purposeful life.
General Qamar Bajwa said that I heartily congratulate General Asim Munir, who has taken over the command of the Army Chief after a while, I hope his development will lead to the success of the country and the army. My association with General Asim is 24 years. He is old, apart from being a Hafiz of the Quran, he is a professional, talented and capable officer with high principles. I am sure that the army will cross new frontiers under his leadership. His appointment will prove positive. I am handing over.
I will go into anonymity but the spiritual connection to the army will always remain: Former Army Chief
He said that my military journey started 44 years ago today, which is coming to an end, thanks to Allah for giving me the opportunity to serve in this brave and great army and to command it, which is a matter of honor, for 6 years. Be it LoC issues, terrorism, law and order or natural calamities, this army always responded to my voice, wherever I asked them to sweat, they gave blood, because of their sacrifices, the country is peaceful today. is the cradle of
General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that he is proud of his army, which protects the borders from Siachen to the desert despite the limited resources. Yes, I am sure that in the coming time, the army will serve the country more under the leadership of General Asim.
He further said that I will go into anonymity soon, but the spiritual connection with the army will always remain, when the army succeeds, I will be happy and when the army faces a difficult time, my prayers will be with you.
Who is General Asim Munir?
General Asim Munir joined the Pakistan Army through the Officers Training School Program and was commissioned in the Frontier Force Regiment of the Pakistan Army.
General Asim Munir, who commanded the Northern Areas Force as a Brigadier, was appointed DG Military Intelligence in early 2017 while General Asim was made the ISI chief in 2018.
General Asim Munir was the Corps Commander Gujranwala for 2 years as Lt. General while he also served as Quartermaster General at GHQ Rawalpindi.