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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

DG ISI: 'Consultations between PM Imran Khan and General Bajwa complete, new appointment process has started'

 DG ISI: 'Consultations between PM Imran Khan and General Bajwa complete, new appointment process has started'

Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that the consultation process between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on the appointment of ISI chief has been completed.
In his message on Twitter, the Information Minister did not specify the name of the political and military leadership, but said the new appointment process had begun.

The appointment of General Nadeem Anjum as DG ISI in Pakistan remains a matter of debate. Last week, the Pakistan Army's public relations department said Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed Anjum had been appointed the new head of the ISI, but no notification had been issued by the government.

Fawad Chaudhry also said that the civil and military leadership of the country has once again proved that all institutions are united for the stability, integrity and development of the country.

"The Prime Minister wanted DG ISI General Faiz to stay for a few more months."

On Tuesday night, Amir Dogar, special assistant to PM Imran Khan for political affairs, had said that PM Imran Khan wanted to keep General Faiz Hameed, head of the ISI, in the post for a few more months, but now the new DG Deployment will be as per procedure.

Speaking on private TV channel Sama News, he said that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted this because of the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.

According to Amir Dogar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs, in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he had told the country's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in his meeting that the appointment of DG ISI Will be under the procedure.

Speaking on anchor Nadeem Malik's show, Aamir Dogar said that in the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, "I have an ideal relationship with General Bajwa. No army chief has had as many ideal relations with the Prime Minister as I have.

According to Aamir Dogar, Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed to remain head of the ISI for a few more months.

(Imran Khan said) "I wish that during the Afghanistan crisis, when we are one of the direct victims and we have a role to play, General Faiz would stay there for a few more months." ۔ '
He said (now) the strategy is that three or five names will come from the Ministry of Defense, one of which will be chosen by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister does not want the impression that we are weakening the army.

"It's a professional decision that the army chief is making," he said during the show. He knows which of his generals should be fed in which position. But there is a procedure that is followed. There is a gap in the procedure.

According to Aamir Dogar, Imran Khan said that General Nadeem Sahib has a very good reputation, a great professional general. There is no objection to their caste. And the name they (the army) have announced will be the best name.

(But) Imran Khan believes in the rule of law ... Everyone wants the government to take all the institutions together constitutionally. There should also be a consultation process.

The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister said that Imran Khan had asked the Army Chief to "adopt the procedure or else (in the past) there would be rubber stamps."

When anchor Nadeem Malik asked Aamir Dogar if Imran Khan had said in the cabinet meeting that 'I am not a rubber stamp', he replied, 'You know everything, from my mouth. You have to get it out. '

Appointment of DG ISI is PM's prerogative

Earlier, in a media briefing after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Fawad Chaudhry said that legal procedure would be followed in the appointment of DG ISI.

He said that Imran Khan and General Qamar Javed Bajwa have a very close and cordial relationship. He said that there was a consensus on the issue of DG ISI. The authority in this belongs to the Prime Minister.

Fawad Chaudhry said that there was a long meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday night.

"I watch on social media," he said. Many people have desires. Let me tell them that the Prime Minister's Office will never take a step that would tarnish the image of the army (and) the generals will not take a step that will tarnish the image of the civil setup.

What is the procedure for appointing the head of ISI?

According to defense analyst Omar Farooq, the appointment of the head of Pakistan's most important intelligence agency, the ISI, is at the discretion of the prime minister, as the ISI is a federal agency and operates under the Ministry of Defense.

He said that usually three names are sent to the prime minister by the army chief, one of which he decides to approve.

Omar Farooq, referring to the ISPR's announcement of the appointment of Lieutenant Nadeem Anjum as ISI chief, said that calling it a "normal appointment" by the army meant a slight change in procedure. Has come

The ISPR statement did not say who had the authority to appoint the DG ISI chief. This is an interesting situation and should be questioned.

Omar Farooq said he had written a report for the English magazine Herald a few years ago in which he found out that there was no law in Pakistani law regarding intelligence agencies, including the ISI.

"These organizations have their own internal T&Rs under which they operate and they are confidential."

How powerful is the DG ISI?

According to observers, the ISI operates at both the political and military levels and gives its input.

According to former ISI DG Lieutenant General (retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi, the Director General of ISI is very powerful as far as his organization is concerned.

"The DG ISI can keep people inside its organization, remove them, send them back to the army, post them out. But as far as outside the agency is concerned, the strength of the ISI chief depends on his relationship with the prime minister and the army chief.

According to him, "the prime minister can remove him from office and the strongest in the army is the head of the army."

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