Pakistan’s 17th Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir was handed over command of the Pakistan Army by former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday.

Following his nomination, approval and take over as the country’s new army chief, residents of his old neighbourhood in Rawalpindi revived some memories of his childhood days and take pride in his stature in the institution.

During a Geo News talk show, Gen Asim’s neighbours shared some interesting anecdotes from when he spent his youth days in Rawalpindi’s Dheri Hassanabad area.

They said that Gen Asim belonged to the area’s well-known religious family, while his ancestral home remains a testament to his simple lifestyle.

They said that Gen Asim was a cricket afficionado and played cricket. He was a good cricketer among the lot. Another shared that he played cricket in the area and was a fast bowler.

He memorised the Holy Quran from the Markazi Madrasah Dar-ul-Tajweed. They also stated that all of his siblings have also memorised the Quran.

Madrasah’s Naseem Khalil said that young Asim was admitted to the institution at the age of six or seven and his father wanted him to memorise the Quran.

Residents of his old neighbourhood expressed happiness at his rise to the highest office of the country.

A neighbour said that Gen Asim never hurt anyone even in his youth days.

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