PM Imran likely to appoint Lt. Gen Asim Munir as new ISI chief in first crucial pick  

  • Traditionally the post goes to a three-star general with a considerable experience of working in intelligence agencies

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan will soon appoint a new head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) after the incumbent chief of the country’s premier spy agency, Lt-General Naveed Mukhtar, is retiring today (Monday).

According to media reports, DG Military Intelligence (MI) Lt-General Asim Munir would be appointed as new ISI chief.

Traditionally, the coveted slot of DG ISI, considered the most powerful after the army chief’s post, goes to a three-star general with a considerable experience of working in intelligence agencies.

If this patron remains, the new ISI chief should be from the following recently promoted three officers — Lt. General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Lt. General Asim Munir and Lt. General Waseem Ashraf.

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Both Gen  Zaki and Gen Munir served as DG military intelligence while General Ashraf had the experience of working in the ISI.

This would be the first major appointment the prime minister is going to make in the security establishment.

Within weeks of taking the charge, the prime minister visited the headquarters of the ISI in Islamabad.

He praised the intelligence agency for its contribution in the fight against terrorism, declaring the ISI as one of the world’s best spy agency.

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The outgoing DG ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar is a graduate of the Command and Staff College Quetta.

He assumed the charge of country’s premier spy agency on December 11, 2016.

He had commanded a mechanised division and served as director general of Rangers before being promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and posted as corps commander of Karachi in September 2014,