Afsir Karim

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Afsir Karim

Born(1934-01-26)January 26, 1934
DiedFebruary 12, 2019(2019-02-12) (aged 85)
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service1954 – 31 May 1989
RankMajor General of the Indian Army.svg Major General
Service numberIC-6880[1]
Commands heldEastern Command
Northern Command
Southern Command
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
Other workAuthor

Major General Afsir Karim, was an Indian Army general and military scholar who has authored several books on strategic affairs & military studies. He was a graduate of the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington and the National Defence College.

Army career[edit]

General Karim was commissioned in the Indian Army in June 1954. He was a veteran of the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars; he commanded a Para Battalion during the 1971 India-Pakistan War in the Eastern theatre. In 1978, he assumed command of an infantry brigade in Kashmir on the Line of Control. In May 1984, he took over command of an infantry division under India's Southern Army Command, and was promoted to major general on 16 September.[1]

A specialist of issues related to terrorism, he has authored a number of books - Sri Lanka Crisis (co-author 1990); Counter-Terrorism: The Pakistan Factor (1991); Transnational Terrorism: Danger in the South (1995); Story of the Airborne Forces (1995) and Kashmir: The Troubled Frontiers (1994).He was also the founder-editor of AAKROSH, a journal on terrorism and internal conflicts and a former editor of the premier Indian defense publication Indian Defense Review. He was a life trustee of the Forum for Strategic & Security Studies.

Karim has written extensively on Kashmir and he authored Op-Topac, the semi-fictional account of Pakistan's game plan for Kashmir. In 2007 he wrote An analysis of the turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir.[2]

He was a member of India's National Security Advisory Board (1999–2001),[3] and was awarded the AVSM for distinguished service of an exceptional order by the Indian government for his military service.

He retired from the Indian Army on 31 May 1989 and died on 12 February 2019 after a struggle with cancer.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 11 October 1986. p. 1533.
  2. Karim, Afsir. "An analysis of the turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir" (PDF). Forum for Strategic & Security Studies. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. "National Security Advisory Board reconstituted". The Hindu. 1 June 2000. Retrieved 21 May 2019.[dead link]
  4. "In Memoriam : Major General Afsir Karim, AVSM". Mpositive. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
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