A fourth generation soldier, Lt General (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik joined the Pakistan Army in 1973 as an infantry officer. He has undergone one year training in Germany and served in Saudi Arabia for two years. The general has been the Brigade Major(S-3) of an infantry brigade, GSO-1 Operations and Chief of Staff of a Strike Corps. He commanded two Anti Tank battalions, an Infantry brigade and a Strike Infantry Division apart from being on the faculty of Command and Staff College. He has also acted in a joint capacity by serving as the Director General Joint Intelligence and Information Operations in The Joint Staff Headquarters and a Director General in Inter Services Intelligence. His last assignment was the command of 11 Corps, one of the largest corps ever, comprising of over 150,000 troops spearheading the stabilizing operations in FATA and KP. He completed his service and retired from active duty in Dec 11. He was appointed as Secretary of Defense in July 2012 and completed his tenure in July 2014.
The General is a graduate of Pakistan Army Command and Staff College, has done his Masters from National Defense University Islamabad and also has a Masters degree in Strategic Resource Management from National Defense University, Washington, DC. While at the NDU Washington DC he was the Class President of the International Fellows. He was bestowed the privilege of gracing the NDU’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013, the first Pakistani to have this honour.
The officer has a diploma in German language, is married with a son and a daughter, has travelled widely both home and abroad and spends his leisure time in photography. He is a regular invitee at strategic seminars and intellectual gatherings both at home and across the globe.