Radical Munir Pak. Army Chief: Red beacon for India

Islamabad: With the retirement of Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, a hardline army officer Lt Gen Asim Munir has been selected as the new army chief. Pakistan is an opponent of former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has chosen Munir. Munir was the head of ISI when the jawans were attacked […]
 


Radical Munir Pak.  Army Chief: Red beacon for India

Islamabad: With the retirement of Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, a hardline army officer Lt Gen Asim Munir has been selected as the new army chief. Pakistan is an opponent of former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has chosen Munir. Munir was the head of ISI when the jawans were attacked by terrorists in India’s Pulwama and it was under his guidance that the terrorists attacked.

Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa has been on this post since 2016. The Imran Khan government gave Qamar Bajwa a second term in 2019. Qamar Bajwa, who served as Army Chief for two consecutive terms, will retire on November 29. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has chosen Asim Munir, a hardline army officer, as the new army chief, replacing Qamar Bajwa. Munir is also known in Pakistan as a staunch opponent of Imran Khan. He was removed from the post of ISI chief after the air strike due to differences with Imran Khan. It was he who exposed the corruption of Imran’s wife Bushra Bibi, which increased the estrangement with Imran. Being an opponent of Imran, the current PM Shahbaz Sharif awarded him the highest post of Saina. Apart from this, Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been appointed as Joint Chief of Staff. Both have been promoted to the rank of General.

Aseem Munir is also known as the first Mullah General of Pakistan. The term Mullah General is attributed to his religious teachings of Islam. He will be the first Pakistani army chief to study religious matters as much as a religious leader. Pakistani media honored him as Hafiz-e-Quran and Mullah Nazral for his memorization of Quran and Shariat.

In 2019, there was an attack in Pulwama, India. 40 soldiers of India were martyred. This attack was done at the behest of Pakistan’s nefarious intelligence agency ISI. At that time Munir was the chief of ISI. Army experts are advising India to be cautious as its ideology is extremely fundamentalist. Apart from ISI, Aseem Munir has also been the head of another important and powerful government agency Military Intelligence (MI). Pak made Munir the army chief. There is also a possibility of the army becoming more aggressive and fanatic.

Asim Munir is an expert on anti-India movement

Aseem Munir is one of the senior officers of the Pakistan Army who have a tough attitude towards India. Munir’s attitude towards Kashmir is also responsible for the choice of Shahbaz Sharif over Munir. Munir has earlier advised to speed up the movement whenever there is a chance in Kashmir. He was the ISI chief when the Pulwama attack took place. Even after India carried out airstrikes, he supported going to war against India. Around the same time, Imran’s policy of not going to war with India led to a rift with Munir and Imran fired him as director of ISI. As he has played a strategic role on the Indo-Pak border during his long military career, the possibility of escalation of tensions at the Indo-Pak border again cannot be ruled out as Shahbaz chose to ignore the two senior officers.