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Notification of new DG-ISI to be issued by Friday

ISLAMABAD: Notwithstanding, Prime Minister Imran Khan and a number of federal ministers including Information and Broadcasting Fawad Choudhary and Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, have assured in press conference and interviews that the issue of appointment of new ISI chief has been sorted out amicably and both the authorities (PM and COAS) are in agreement on the subject but no notification was released even Saturday (16th October).

According to informed sources, the decision to appoint Lt. Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as DG-ISI will remain intact which was taken by COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa but initially the prime minister was reportedly reluctant to agree. Now the reliable sources claim that Lt. Gen Nadeem would remain ISI boss otherwise it would be an undermining situation for him and also for COAS but since it is an professional subject, any decision can be taken.

According to reliable sources, meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is likely to be held in a day or two to finalise the issue.

Situation is this that summary for the appointment of new Director General Inter-Services Intelligence could not be moved to the PM office even on Saturday and the matter is still hanging between Islamabad (PM House) and Rawalpindi (GHQ) since 8th October when in major military reshuffle Corps Commander Lt-Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum was announced as DG ISI by ISPR.

The ISPR is completely silence and only ministers are issuing statements to clarifying the situation. “What is hitch in releasing the notification, all are silent on this subject”.

Lt. Gen Nadeem Ahmad Anjum

Official sources at the PM office told ‘The Nation’, Lahore that there was no progress on appointment of the New DG ISI as PM Imran Khan had not signed the official summary and matter had been gone to next week. Official sources avoided the answer on status of the summary whether it was at the PM office or at the Ministry of Defence in Rawalpindi.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa flew from Karachi to Rawalpindi on Friday after attending some high-profile military events in Karachi. There were reports of a possible meeting between army chief and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday or after wards.

Sources maintained that Prime Minister Imran Khan had desired inclusion of the name of his choice in official summary for DG ISI position which is causing delay in signing the summary by the PM office.

Another reason for the delay is the desire by Prime Minister Imran Khan to interview the candidates mentioned in the official summary for DG ISI position.

Another source confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted that incumbent DG ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hamid may continue for six months, however a message was conveyed to the PM office that maximum extension to DG ISI Lt-Gen Faiz could be till November this year.

Sources in Rawalpindi also insisted and conveyed the message that Lt-Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum would be the final choice of them for the post of DG ISI and there would be no review of the decision.

Issue will be sorted within week

(by Friday); says Sheikh Rashid

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday said the issue of appointment of new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general would be resolved within a week but was reluctant to give reasons for the delay.

However, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, while talking to Dawn, said the appointment of new ISI chief was a “routine matter”, once both civil and military leadership reached consensus on the issue.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed addresses a press conference in Islamabad. 

Talking in a private TV show, Sheikh Rashid said the issue had been amicably settled between the civil and military leadership of the country and “now the appointment [of ISI chief] will take place before next Friday”.

Asked what were the reasons behind the delay, the interior minister said he knew the reasons but could not make them public as only Prime Minister Imran Khan could apprise people on the matter.

Responding to a question, he rejected an impression that the delay was being made by the Prime Minister House due to some ‘spiritual and saintly’ reasons. “It is totally absurd that the issue is being delayed intentionally due to divine intervention. It is illogical that someone is casting a spell,” he added.

Sheikh Rashid said there were no differences between the civil and military leadership in the country and both sides were satisfied over what they had decided. He claimed that nobody in the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) parliamentary committee meeting, presided over by the prime minister on Thursday, had taken the name of incumbent ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed.

The minister also ruled out media reports and a statement by PTI chief whip in the National Assembly Amir Dogar that PM Khan wanted Lt Gen Faiz to stay in his office for some more time due to the critical situation in neighbouring Afghanistan.

He said the country’s spy agencies had defeated 42 intelligence agencies of various countries in Afghanistan. “They [military authorities] will not retreat from their own procedure,” he added.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the issue of appointment of new ISI director general would be resolved in a couple of days. However, he was reluctant to further comment on the matter, saying: “There was no significant development on the issue today (Friday).”

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the army chief has recently reshuffled the top military hierarchy, transferring ISI Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to the post of Corps Commander Peshawar, and appointing Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Nadeen Ahmed Anjum as new ISI chief.

However, an impasse developed on the issue between the civil and military leadership as the prime minister was reportedly reluctant to appoint new ISI chief “against the law and constitutional norms”.