Lt Gen Muhammad Aamer assumes charge of Gujranwala Corps

Change of command ceremony was held at Gujranwala Cantt, says ISPR


News Desk October 18, 2021
Lieutenant General Syed Asim Munir handed over command of Gujranwala Corps to Lieutenant General Muhammad Aamer. PHOTO: ISPR

Days after a major reshuffle in the military’s top brass, a change of command ceremony was also held at Gujranwala Cantt, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Monday.

Lt Gen Syed Asim Munir handed over command of Gujranwala Corps to Lt General Muhammad Aamer, the military’s media wing said.

Lt Gen Munir was posted as the Quartermaster General (QMG) earlier this month, according to the ISPR.

On October 6, the ISPR had announced that Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, the Corps Commander, Karachi, was appointed as the Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the most coveted slot within the military hierarchy after the army chief.

Gen Nadeem replaced Lt Gen Faiz Hameed as head of the country’s premier spy agency in a major reshuffle that also includes the new appointments of Karachi, Peshawar and Gujranwala corps commanders.

Also read: DG ISI appointment within a week: Rashid

But the most significant appointment was the change of command at the ISI headquarters, often referred to as Abpara.

Lt Gen Faiz, as per the ISPR, was being posted as the Peshawar corps commander.

A day later, the country was gripped by speculations that the prime minister had not signed the summary as he was not consulted before the new ISI chief’s appointment.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid last week played down the reported rift between the government and army, saying that matters related to the appointment of ISI chief were “settled” and that an announcement in this regard would be made within a week.

The issue also came up for discussion during the federal cabinet meeting where the premier reportedly said the PM Office also had “sanctity” like the army.

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