India appoints Balakot airstrike planner as RAW Chief

12:32 PM | 27 Jun, 2019
India appoints Balakot airstrike planner as RAW Chief
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NEW DELHI - The Indian government has appointed Balakot strike mastermind Samant Kumar Goel as the new chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

The new RAW chief, Samant Kumar Goel is considered an expert on Pakistan. Meanwhile, Arvind Kumar, an expert on the Kashmir and Naval issues, will lead the Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) for the next two years.

According to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said that Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointments.

Kumar will take the reins of the internal intelligence agency from Rajiv Jain on completion of his tenure on June 30. Goel will take charge from Anil K Dhasmana on completion of his tenure on Saturday.

Both Jain and Dhasmana, who were appointed for a two-year fixed tenure in 2016, were given six months extension in December last year.