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Asim Munir takes charge as Pakistan’s army chief


ISLAMABAD: General Asim MunirPakistan’s former intelligence chief, on Tuesday assumed the post of the country’s new army chief, replacing General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who retired after two three-year terms in a row.
Munir accepted the assignment in a dramatic ceremony at headquarters (GHQ), becoming the army’s 17th chief of staff.
Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif on 24 November nominated Munir to the most powerful position in the coup-prone country, where the military wields considerable power in foreign policy and security matters.
He was the first military commander to head both powerful intelligence agencies – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI). time as director of espionage at ISI was the shortest time ever as he was replaced by Lt Gen Faiz Hamid within 8 months at the insistence of the then Prime Minister Imran Khan in 2019.
The powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its more than 75 years of existence, has so far wielded considerable power in foreign policy and security matters.

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