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Former intelligence chief of Pakistan Asim Munir takes command of the army

Former intelligence chief of Pakistan Asim Munir takes command of the army

  • Samira Hussein
  • BBC News, Islamabad

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Outgoing army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa served one term, then stayed for another

The Pakistani government has appointed a new army chief, ending months of speculation over who will take what many see as the most powerful post in the country.

Major General Asim Munir, the former chief of intelligence, replaces General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is retiring on November 29.

General Mounir, the army’s top general, is a close ally.

The appointment comes at a precarious time for a country where the military has always wielded significant influence in politics and foreign policy.