Pakistan Gets Pulwama Attack Mastermind As New Army Chief India Must Be Cautious

Pakistan Gets Pulwama Attack Mastermind As New Army Chief India Must Be Cautious
Pakistan Gets Pulwama Attack Mastermind As New Army Chief India Must Be Cautious

News Nation Bureau , Edited By: Nihar Saxena , Updated on: 24 Nov 2022, 07:29:59 PM


  • Aseem Munir has been the conspirator of Pulwama terror attack
  • Also known for promoting Islamic extremism
  • India will have to be careful with Munir after taking lessons from the past


Lieutenant General Asim Munir The name of the next Pakistan Army Chief has been announced on Thursday. Asim Munir outgoing Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa who is retiring on 29 November. Asim Munir appointed as the next army chief India of additional concern, as the February 2019 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama Suicide terrorists (Pulwama Attack) Asim Munir’s name came to the fore as the conspirator of the attack. At that time Munir was the Director General of Pakistan’s ISI organization. According to Tilak Devasher, a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) and retired as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, “Munir was among those in Pakistan who were among the conspirators of the 2019 Pulwama terror attack.” According to him Munir in India Kashmir Has given his services in the departments related to. He is very familiar with this area.

India has to be careful
Significantly, 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in the terrorist attack in Pulwama on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. After this terrorist attack, the tension between India and Pakistan had reached its peak. In an interview to news agency ANI, on General Munir becoming the new army chief of Pakistan, Devasher said, ‘No army chief of Pakistan has been friendly towards India. Aseem Munir is also not going to break this tradition. He will continue to take a hardline stance towards India. Devasher said, ‘If problems increase in Pakistan, they have experience of it. India should be prepared that he is going to become army chief and what was his role in Pulwama terror attack. In such a situation, we need to be very careful on this issue.

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Pakistan has been resorting to terrorist attacks
India is closely monitoring this development. The new Pak army chief is expected to influence not only Islamabad-New Delhi relations, but also the policies of the Pakistan government towards its all-weather allies China and the United States. Significantly, Pakistan has recently been removed from the monitoring list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog. Apart from this, Pakistan is also facing an extremely uncertain economic crisis. According to strategic experts, to keep the tension with India alive, Pakistan has always resorted to terrorist attacks against India. Devasher, who has written three books on Pakistan, says, “They cannot afford to do anything directly against India in the light of the strong response India has shown in the past.” They have come to know that if something is done from their side, now India will also retaliate. In such a situation, Lieutenant General Munir will have to look ahead very carefully, but we certainly have to be very careful.

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India will adopt a wait and see policy
Lt Gen Munir has served as the Chief of Military Intelligence and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s spy agency. He served as the Chief of Military Intelligence for a period of 21 months from 2017. In October 2018, he became the Director General of ISI, but Bajwa removed him from the post at the behest of the then Prime Minister Imran Khan. Significantly, Imran Khan had blamed the army for playing a role in his ouster from the government earlier this year. According to Devasher, ‘During the rule of the PML(N) government in Pakistan, four or five army chiefs were appointed without following the seniority order in the armed forces. For the first time, the Sharif government has appointed the senior-most officer of the army in the hope that it has made a mistake in the past by not choosing the senior-most. Now they are choosing the senior most. Hope things go well. Still, we will have to wait and see whether Sharif is lucky this time in getting the army chief’s appointment.

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