PM Shehbaz congratulates COAS Asim Munir on assumption of office

PM Shehbaz congratulates COAS Asim Munir on assumption of office

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday telephoned Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir and congratulated him on assumption of his responsibilities as the country’s new army chief.

The prime minister said commanding the excellent force of Pakistan Army was a great honour and expressed confidence that General Asim Munir would further contribute towards strengthening the defence of the country.

He wished General Munir success in effectively dealing with the challenges pertaining to security and counter-terrorism.

PM Shehbaz assured the new army chief full cooperation of his government in areas relating to defence and security.

General Asim Munir, who was handed over the ‘baton of command’ by his predecessor General Qamar Javed Bajwa this morning, thanked PM Sharif for his wishes and the words of felicitations.

Earlier today, General Asim Munir assumed charge as Pakistan's17th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at an impressive change of command ceremony at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.

The ceremony was attended amongst others by federal cabinet members, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu, high ranking civil and military officials and foreign delegates.