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.
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.
My elder brother Brig Asad Munir has passed away. Please pray for his maghfarat.
— Khalid Munir (@Khalid_Munir) March 15, 2019
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.
His suicide note is addressed to Chief Justice of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/rJfOJbov9V
— Umar Cheema (@UmarCheema1) March 15, 2019
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.
So upsetting to hear about the death of @asadmunir38 . I pray that all mighty Allah gives his family strength to cope in this difficult time. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un @Khalid_Munir @gabeeno
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) March 15, 2019
Senator Sherry Rehman also expressed her grief over the incident.
Shocked to hear of @asadmunir38’s tragic death. Praying for his soul and his family to have the fortitude to face this sudden, untimely bereavement. We all mourn his loss.
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) March 15, 2019