Thu, 28 Oct 2021

Pakistan to have new intelligence chief: Information Minister

Khalid Umar Malik
14 Oct 2021, 13:02 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss and finalize the appointment of the new Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI), tweeted Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday morning.

Fawad Chaudhry said, "Consultation between the prime minister and the army chief on the appointment of a new DG ISI has been completed, and the process for the new appointment has begun."

Fawad added, "Pakistan's civil and military leadership once again proved that all institutions are united and on the same page for the country's stability, integrity, and development."

During a post-cabinet press conference in Islamabad, the federal minister said that the issue of the DG ISI was also discussed during the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"A long meeting took place between PM Imran Khan and the army chief," Chaudhry said that the government shares "an ideal relationship with the military."

"The prime minister shares a very close relationship with the army chief," he said. "The Prime Minister's Office will never take a step that would hurt the reputation of the army."

The minister said a legal procedure would be adopted to appoint the DG ISI, and the government would ensure that all constitutional requirements were fulfilled.

"It is the prerogative of the prime minister to appoint the DG ISI," he said.

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