Lt Gen Asim Munir: A tough man for a tough job

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On Wednesday, the army’s media wing announced that Lt Gen Asim Munir has been appointed the new director general (DG) of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Various sections of the media speculated that Lt Gen Munir was next in line for the post following reports that former DG ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar would be retiring.

Such threats require a proactive approach by Pakistan’s premier spy agency and Lt Gen Munir is appointed as DG ISI to ensure that.

The Pakistan Army had in September approved the promotion of Munir and five other major generals to the rank of Lt Gen. Lt Gen Munir’s previous appointment was as DG Military Intelligence. He received a Hilal-i-Imtiaz in March 2018. He has also served as commander of the Force Command Northern Areas.

In addition to announcing Munir’s new charge as DG ISI, the Inter-Services Public Relations also announced that Lt Gen Azhar Saleh Abbasi will take over as chief of Logistics Staff at General Headquarters, Lt Gen Nadeem Zaki has been appointed commander Peshawar Corps, Lt Gen Abdul Aziz has been posted as the GHQ military secretary, Lt Gen Muhammad Adnan has been appointed vice chief of general staff, while Lt Gen Waseem Ashraf is set to take over as the IG Arms.

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Lt Gen Asim Munir is known within the Army circles as a tough man who means business. He is believed to be a discreet man and his appointment as DG ISI is hailed by defense analysts.

According to Jawad Falak, a defense analyst based in Karachi, Lt Gen Munir’s appointment is set to pace up the anti-terrorism operations within the urban areas of Pakistan. He added that an operation against the corrupt mafia in Pakistan especially Sindh, Punjab, and Baluchistan will also speedup which might result is exacerbated pressure on some political parties.

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Zeeshan Munir, a security analyst based in Islamabad, while talking to GVS stated that Pakistan is facing severe threats from spy agencies of ‘enemy states’ that are bent upon destabilizing Pakistan internally.

Such threats require a proactive approach by Pakistan’s premier spy agency and Lt Gen Munir is appointed as DG ISI to ensure that.


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