Ex-ISI boss, ‘mullah general’ Asim Munir is Pakistan Army chief: what are the implications for India? | Explained News,The Indian Express
Lt Gen Syed Asim Munir, who will succeed Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new chief of the Pakistan Army, may have to wade into the country's political crisis almost immediately upon taking charge. He headed the ISI, and is the first 'mullah general' to become chief, a development that could have major implications for India.
The appointment of the new chief had become more contentious than at any other time in the last three decades of the country’s troubled military-civilian relations. The announcement ends months of speculation on whether Bajwa would seek another extension. But it may not end Pakistan’s political uncertainty.
Lt Gen Munir, who graduated in 1986 from the Officers Training School, Mangla, belongs to the Frontier Force Regiment, one of the six infantry regiments of the Pakistan Army. At present, he is the QuarterMaster General at GHQ, Rawalpindi.
Munir is said to be close to Bajwa, with whom he worked both as Director-General Military Intelligence from December 2016 to October 2018, and later as Director-General Inter Services Intelligence from October 2018 to June 2019.
Earlier in his career, he commanded a brigade of the Force Command Northern Areas, a component of X Corps, at a time when Bajwa was the corps commander.
He is reported to be an “outstanding officer” and was recently described by the writer Shuja Nawaz (Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army and the Wars Within), as “a straight arrow”.