ASIF NAWAZ, GENERAL (1937-1993) Born on 3 January 1937 in his ancestral village of Chakri Rajghan (Jhelum District), Asif Nawaz belonged to a military family of the Janjua Rajput clan from the Salt Range area of the Punjab well known for producing soldiers Educated at the Roman Catholic Convent of Jesus and Mary in Srinagar in pre-partition India and then at St Mary’s School in Rawalpindi, he joined the Pakistan army training program for officer cadets at the age of 16, and after an introductory course in Kohat, he was selected for the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England, where he received his commission in 1957 Asif Nawaz managed to escape martial law duties for most of the period during which General Zia ul-Haq ruled Pakistan However, he was promoted to major general and given command of the Seventh Infantry Division in Peshawar in 1982 He took over as commandant of the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul in 1985 On 23May 1988, he was promoted to lieutenant general, among the last group of promotions approved by the civilian Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo, and posted as corps commander of V Corps in Karachi Asif Nawaz was brought from Karachi to Rawalpindi as chief of general staff under General Mirza Aslam Beg in April 1991 and was nominated a month later by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan as the chief of army staff-designate to succeed General Beg on 17 August 1991 Asif Nawaz was the tenth army chief of Pakistan and the eighth Pakistani in this job He died in Rawalpindi after suffering a massive heart attack while he was exercising on a treadmill

He was buried in his native village

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