Asim Saleem Bajwa

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Asim Saleem Bajwa
عاصم سلیم باجوہ
Commander Southern Command & XII Corps (Pakistan Army)
Assumed office
September 2017
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
Muzaffar Garh
Alma materPakistan Military Academy
Military service
AllegiancePakistan Pakistan
Branch/servicePakistan Pakistan Army
Years of service1984–present
RankOF-8 PakistanArmy.svg Lieutenant-General

Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa (Urdu/Punjabi: عاصم سلیم باجوہ) is a former Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) who is current Commander of Southern Command of Pakistan Army and XII Corps since September 2017. Three-star general of the Pakistan Army, he served as DG ISPR from 2012 to 2016 preceding Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor.[1][2]

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 Balochistan in September 2017.

Education and background[edit]

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 career[edit]

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]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "reshuffle: Lt Gen Asim Bajwa posted commander Southern Command".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Director General ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa HI (M)". Inter-Services Public Relations. 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. ^

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