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Pakistan defence analyst Brig (retd) Asad Munir commits suicide following corruption charges

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WION Islamabad, Pakistan Mar 15, 2019, 03.18 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick

A day after he was formally named in a corruption case by Pakistan’s anti-graft body, National Accountability Bureau, prominent Pakistani defence analyst and voice of dissent, Brig (retd) Asad Munir allegedly committed suicide. 

Munir’s body was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment located in Islamabad’s posh and highly secured Diplomatic  Enclave, police officials told WION.

Asad Munir,  former Member Estate Capital Development Authority (CDA), also served as the director for Peshawar region for an intelligence agency. 

Family sources said Munir was deeply upset after reports that the National Accountability  Bureau (NAB) was filing a reference against him over the restoration of a plot in F-11 area of Pakistan’s federal capital.

The family has requested the police not to conduct postmortem examination of the body.

Munir has also left a note before committing suicide in which he complained against the treatment meted out to him by the investigators.

In the note that was allegedly found near Munir’s body, which is addressed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan , the deceased said he was giving up his life in the hope that the chief justice would bring positive changes in the system where incompetent people are playing with the life and honour of citizen in the name of accountability. However, the authenticity of the letter could not be verified.

Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau filed a corruption case against Asad Munir on Thursday.

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Munir’s body was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment located in Islamabad’s posh and highly secured Diplomatic  Enclave, police officials told WION