Islamabad – Chief of Army Staff, General Syed Asim Munir, has been recognized as one of the top 500 most influential Muslims worldwide. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre has unveiled the latest rankings in ‘The Muslim 500’ magazine, which includes prominent figures from Pakistan, including political leaders and influential personalities.
Among the notable Pakistani individuals in this list are PTI Chairman Imran Khan, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shehbaz Sharif, Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil, Taqi Usmani, and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousufzai.
The forum described General Syed Asim Munir as follows:
“General Syed Asim Ahmed Shah is an army general and the current Chief of Army Staff. A descendant of a religious and scholarly family, Asim is also known as the first army chief in the history of Pakistan to be a Hafiz Quran (memorized the entire Quran). He served as chief of both premier military intelligence agencies of Pakistan although his tenure at ISI was short-lived after a falling out with then-Prime Minister. He must navigate unprecedented national criticism of the army’s influence on Pakistan’s democracy as the country goes through turbulent times politically and economically.”
General Asim Munir assumed command of Pakistan Army in November 2022, succeeding General Qamar Javed Bajwa after his six-year tenure. Asim Munir started his military career through the Mangla Officers Training School program, where he earned the Sword of Honour. Throughout his illustrious career, the four-star general has led a division in the northern areas.
He has held significant positions, including Chief of Military Intelligence (MI) approximately six years ago and briefly led the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). General Asim also served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of Pakistan’s close defense cooperation.