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Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Defence, Intelligence | 0 comments

Pakistan’s ISI gets new Director

Prime minister of Pakistan has appointed a new chief for the infamous intelligence agency
-Inter Service Intelligence.

Lt. Gen. Zahir ul-Islam   Pic:Reuters

Lt. Gen. Zahir ul-Islam  will take over as the director general of the ISI on March 18 replacing Lt.Gen.Ahmed Shuja Pasha who held the post since 2008, said the spokesman for  Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

A succession of spy scandals sen the ISI’s relationship with US intelligence agency the Central Intelligence Agency and more importantly United States to all time low in 2011 after the CIA contractor shot and killed two pakistanis in Lahore and it worsened in May after the daring raid by American special forces in Abbottabad, 35 miles north of the ISI’s HQ which killed Osama bin Laden.

So Lt.Gen.  Zahir is expected to rebuild relationship with United States after he accepts his role as the chief of ISI.
ISI chief is the second most powerful figure in the military and it has a reputation for political manipulation within the country and carrying out extremism operations against India. The role which is long accused by the sub continent nation against ISI.

ISI’s reputation further worsened when a series of drone attacks by US army killed Pakistani soldiers near Afghan border. ISI is supposed to be involved with the peace talks with the Taliban militants in the Pakistani tribal regions.

Lt. Zahir would have his hands full when he assumes office as Supreme Court of pakistan resumed hearings into an election-rigging scheme in  which ISI distributed $15.5 million to favored politicians in an ultimately successful bid to influence the 1990 election.

source : nytimes

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