Retired Brigadier Asad Munir commits suicide, accuses NAB of ‘harassment’ in last note | Pakistan Today

Retired Brigadier Asad Munir commits suicide, accuses NAB of ‘harassment’ in last note

ISLAMABAD: Former intelligence official and defence analyst Brigadier (r) Asad Munir committed suicide on Friday.

According to police, Munir’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his apartment in the Diplomatic Enclave. Following the legal procedure, the body was handed over to his family who refused to allow the autopsy.

Munir committed suicide after the emergence of media reports that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to file a reference of abuse of office against him.

His brother Khalid Munir confirmed this in a tweet,  “It was a sad day for the family. Rest in peace Asad Bhai. The letter is authentic. Typed by him. On top in his own handwriting, he had instructed how the letter should be handled. Will miss you Asad till I live. Lost a brother and a friend. #AsadMunir”

In a meeting held on Thursday, the anti-graft watchdog decided to investigate Munir, a former member of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), and others for allegedly abusing their powers to restore a plot in F-11 of Islamabad while violating rules and regulations.

Earlier, his brother Khalid Munir had tweeted that “Asad Munir has passed away”. However, he did not disclose the cause of death.

Journalist Umar Cheema tweeted the suicide note, which Munir wrote to the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa before his death.

“I’m giving my life in the hope that you’ll bring positive changes in [the] system where incompetent people r playing with life & honor of citizens in name of accountability,” it read.

Munir wrote that the aforementioned plot was restored by the then CDA chairman while he had only recommended the restoration as he was convinced that the restoration was in line with the CDA Restoration Policy, 2007. He further cleared that he remained in the authority from 2006 to 2010 but the case was registered in 2017, after a gap of six years.

“I have also submitted my assets detailed to NAB,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari offered his condolences to the deceased’s family.

Senator Sherry Rehman also expressed her grief over the incident.

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