Javed Nasir was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers in 1958 till 1993. He did his Staff College from Australia and holds a bachelor's degree with honors in Civil Engineering and master's degree in Strategic Studies. Nasir served on the faculty of War Wing at National Defense College (NDC), Rawalpindi for 7 years including Chief Instructor (CI) for 4 years.
In 1988, he was in charge to clean up the Ojhri Camp disaster. Against the estimated period of six months given by US and French experts, he led his team to clean up the entire dump containing millions of blinds by setting a personal example of handling the highly sensitive blinds with his own hands, in a record period of just 15 days without suffering a single casualty, which is an extra-ordinary and very fascinating example.
Nasir was promoted Lieutenant General on September 24, 1991 and served as Engineer-in-Chief of Pakistan Army till he was appointed the chairman Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), Wah Cantt on February 4, 1992.
After being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in 1991, he was appointed director general ISI on 14 March, 1992. His first major role was to bring all the warring factions of the Afghan Mujahideen to agree to the Peshawar Accord and successfully install the Mujahideen’s first government under Sibghatullah Mojaddedi in Kabul. Lieutenant General (retd) Javed Nasir was awarded with Sitara-e-Basalat and Hilal-e-Imtiaz.
During the Bosnian War of 1995, he helped supply of arms to the besieged Bosnians, when he successfully airlifted sophisticated anti-tank guided missiles which turned the tide in favor of Bosnian Muslims and forced the Serbs to lift the siege.
In July 1997, the retired general became the chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board, an organization which since its inception in 1960 had generated a total revenue of Rs. 1.17 billion. General Nasir, after taking over raised a total revenue of Rs. 1.225 billion in four years, exceeding the total revenue the department earned in the last 37 years.
During his tenure, the general learned the free hand RAW (Indian Intelligence) had been having since 1948 in the manipulation and control of the Sikh Pilgrims during the four religious functions, which Evacuee Trust Property Board used to arrange. In order to protect from the infiltrators, the general constituted a Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PGPC) in April 1999, which was given the responsibility of maintaining the Sikh Gurdawaras and holding the Sikh holy functions.
Without having any doubt about his personality, he is a true Muslim and a true patriot. He has written over 100 articles. His pro-Islam, anti-US and anti-India stance has created a very large readership in Pakistan and abroad. He symbolizes the institutions of practicing Muslims through his association with the non-political and peaceful Tablighi Jamaat. He was noted for being the first Pakistani general to have a full-grown beard against tradition of having only clean-shaved generals in the Pakistan Army after joining the Tablighi Jamaat.