ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday announced the appointment of retired Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa (Commander Southern Command ) as chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPEC) .
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General Asim Saleem Bajwa is a retired Pakistani Three-star general who was Commander Southern Command prior to that he also served as Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) , he served as DG ISPR from 2012 to 2016 preceding Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor.
On 11 December 2016, Bajwa was appointed Inspector General Arms at GHQ, where he served until his appointment to the key position of Corp Commander Quetta in September 2017
Bajwa was commissioned in the 34th Punjab Regiment in 1984, at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul. He graduated from the Command and Staff College in Quetta, as well as the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad, followed by the Staff College, Camberley. He holds master’s degrees in war studies from NDU and defence studies from King’s College London.
His hobbies include reading and playing golf During his military career, Bajwa has served on multiple instructional and command-level posts, such as leading an anti-tank battalion, the 111th Infantry Brigade, and an infantry division. He was a brigade major at an infantry brigade and served as Chief of Staff at a strike Corps. He instructed courses at PMA Kakul and the Command and Staff College, Quetta, and was a deputy military secretary to the President of Pakistan. Bajwa assisted General Pervez Musharraf in compiling his book In the Line of Fire. In December 2010, he was promoted to the rank of a major-general. On 4 June 2012, Bajwa was appointed as the director-general of the ISPR.
On 22 September 2015 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.
Lt Gen Asim Salim Bajwa, was appointed Inspector General Arms (IG Arms) at GHQ on 11 December 2016 until 28 September 2017. Then he was appointed commander, Southern Command of Pakistan Army.
In November 2019, the Establishment Division notified Bajwa as Chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority for a four-year period.