General Asif Nawaz Khan Janjua
: آصف نواز
) (d. 1993) was the 10th Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army
from August 16
till January 8
. He took over the command from the retiring General Mirza Aslam Beg
. He was a highly notable General of the Pakistan Army, eventually rising to the post of Commander of the V Corps, "Karachi". He was tall, handsome, and Sandhurst-trained officer. He was straight enough to be brusque. He was easily slighted and would go into a paroxysm of nervous energy at the mere hint of being challenged. With all of this, he had no time for fools and had an enormously long memory. In short, he was not someone that a Pakistani politician would like to see as an army chief. His tenure as Chief of Army Staff was ended abruptly by his death on 8 January 1993
, apparently from a heart attack
. He is widely remembered as having died under mysterious circumstances. He was replaced by General Wahid Kakar
as the next Army Chief.
The untimely demise of General Asif Nawaz fuelled much controversy, with FIRs
being filed against Brigadier Imtiaz, the then Director Intelligence Bureau. The issue gathered momentum following General Nawaz's widow Nuzhat Janjua's filed a formal complaint to the then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan
about the unnatural circumstances surrounding her husband's death. At the time the General Asif Nawaz had been heading up "Operation Clean-Hands"- an army probe into corruption in Karachi
, which lost impetus after he died. Dr Salman Shah, General Asif Nawaz Khan's son-in-law remained an ally of the MQM in Karrachi.
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