General Asim Munir takes over as 17th COAS from Gen Bajwa.

General Asim Munir takes over as 17th COAS from Gen Bajwa.
General Asim Munir takes over as 17th COAS from Gen Bajwa.

All armed forces chiefs and senior civil and military officers attended the ceremony.

General Asim Munir was sworn in as the 17th chief of the army staff of the Pakistani armed forces at the General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi, on Tuesday.

Several high-ranking civil and military officials and foreign delegates attended the ceremony, including federal cabinet members, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman, Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu, and other high-ranking representatives.

As part of his farewell address, General Bajwa congratulated Asim Munir on his appointment to the position of army chief and wished him success in his newly appointed work. He expressed confidence that his promotion would benefit Pakistan and its Army.

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The general maintains that General Munir is a professional and capable officer and a man of principle. He expressed his confidence that the Army would achieve more success under the leadership of Asim Munir and continue to serve and defend the country under his leadership.

As part of his remarks, the outgoing COAS expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve the Army. The Pakistan Army handled many challenges during his six-year tenure as chief of the armed forces, including the situation on the line of control, terrorism, and natural catastrophes.

According to him, despite limited resources, the Army is doing its part to protect the country in every nook and cranny.

The sacrifices we have made in Pakistan have made it the abode of peace today, as our enemies and friends have acknowledged it.

Yadgar-e-Shuhada was decorated with floral wreaths by Generals Bajwa and Munir before the ceremony began.

A few days after speculation began, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif named General Munir the newly appointed Pakistani army chief.

Having assumed command of the Pakistan Army for the 17th time since independence, General Munir is the 17th army chief to serve as its commander.

As the nation’s newly appointed military chief, he has served at the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), two of the country’s most influential intelligence agencies.

The joint chiefs of staff committee (CJCSC) were chaired by General Sahir Shamshad Mirza on Sunday.

In addition to replacing General Nadeem Raza, General Mirza assumed a ceremonial position that is technically the highest rank in the armed forces.

Gen Bajwa was commended by PM.

In separate farewell meetings held on Monday with the president and prime minister of India, General Bajwa was given their best wishes during the meetings. Both expressed their best wishes to him during those meetings. At the end of the day, there was also a luncheon held by Prime Minister Shehbaz at the Prime Minister’s House in honour of General Bajwa.

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General Bajwa’s contributions to the Pakistan Army, national defence, and national interests were appreciated by the prime minister.

Her farewell address to Shehbaz stated that, under the leadership of Gen Qamar, the Army had rendered exemplary service in a number of crises, including the removal of Pakistan’s name from the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the floods that have inundated most of the country as a result of climate change.

In the last few days of his tenure, the armed forces have triumphed against terrorism with courage and bravery under the leadership of General Bajwa. He stated that he ensured the Army survived one of the most challenging periods in its history.


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