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General Asim Saleem Bajwa (Urdu/Punjabi: عاصم سلیم باجوہ)a retired Pakistani Three-star general who is the Chairman of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority.Previously he commanded Pak Army 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.[1][2]

Asim Saleem Bajwa
عاصم سلیم باجوہ
Chairman China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority
Assumed office
November 2019
Commander Southern Command & XII Corps (Pakistan)
In office
September 2017 – September 2019
Inspector General Arms (General Headquarters)
In office
December 2016 – September 2017
Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations
In office
June 2012 – December 2016
Preceded byAthar Abbas
Succeeded byAsif Ghafoor
Personal details
Born5 September
Alma materPakistan Military Academy
Military service
AllegiancePakistan Pakistan
Branch/servicePakistan Pakistan Army
Years of service1984–2019
RankOF-8 PakistanArmy.svg Lieutenant-General

On 11 December 2016, Bajwa was appointed Inspector General Arms at GHQ, where he served until his appointment to the key position of Commander Southern Command & XII Corps (Pakistan) in September 2017.

Education and backgroundEdit

Bajwa was commissioned in the 34th Punjab Regiment in 1984, at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul.[2] 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.[2] He holds master's degrees in war studies from NDU and defence studies from King's College London.[2]

A member of the Bajwa clan, Asim Bajwa is married and has three children. His hobbies include reading and playing golf.[2]

Military careerEdit

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.[2] 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.[2] Bajwa assisted General Pervez Musharraf in compiling his book In the Line of Fire.[3] 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.[3][2]

On 22 September 2015 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.[4]

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.[5]


In November 2019, the Establishment Division notified Bajwa as Chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority for a four-year period.[6]


Bajwa has been decorated with the Tamgha-i-Basalat and Hilal-i-Imtiaz for his military services.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Army reshuffle: Lt Gen Asim Bajwa posted commander Southern Command". The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 28 September 2017, Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Director General ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa HI (M)". Inter-Services Public Relations. Archived from the original on 17 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b Shakil Shaikh. "Bajwa made DG ISPR in high-level military reshuffle" The News, 28 April 2012
  4. ^ "Bajwa, three others promoted to Lt Gen rank". Samaa. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Asim Bajwa made chairman of newly created CPEC Authority". Dawn. 27 November 2019.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Athar Abbas
Director General of the ISPR
2012 –
Succeeded by
Asif Ghafoor