Standoff Between Imran, Pak Army Over New ISI Chief Continues

ISLAMABAD: Controversy over the appointment of Pakistan’s head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) continues, despite repeated government claims that the country’s civilian and military leadership were aligned on the issue.
“The problem is that every hour a person, in order to become famous, twists some words and posts them on Twitter. The process has now started. There is no conflict between the military and the government. Everyone is on the same page,” Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday. He claimed that a specific section seeking to respond to this has been defeated.
The defense ministry, more precisely army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had announced that outgoing spy master Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed would be replaced on October 6 by Karachi’s corps commander Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum. PM because he hasn’t been consulted about it.
Since General Bajwa’s decision, some cabinet members had begun to argue that it was the prime minister’s prerogative to make an appointment as the ISI chief. Amir Dogar, one of Khan’s top aides, had recently claimed that the prime minister wanted to keep Hameed as his ISI chief.
Following the reported standoff between the civilian and military leadership over the issue, the Prime Minister’s office received a summary on Wednesday listing the names of three candidates and Khan, as a rule, has to pick one of them or pick someone else up for the ISI’s post. -chef .
The day before, the information minister had said that the matter regarding the appointment had been settled after a lengthy discussion between Khan and Bajwa.
Hours later, one of the federal ministers was quoted by the media as saying the prime minister wanted to interview officials shortlisted for the position of ISI DG.
Responding to the minister’s claim, the information minister said it was an appointment for the prime minister to meet with candidates before appointments were made to key positions such as the ISI chief. “Now it is said that the Prime Minister will conduct interviews for the new ISI chief,” he said.
In response to a question about when the government would notify the new ISI chief, the prime minister’s assistant for political communications, Shahbaz Gill, who accompanied the information minister, said: “Don’t take this so urgently. It is serious business.”
He said the information minister would share the news with the media as soon as the prime minister made a decision and urged the media to refrain from sensationalizing national affairs.
The government’s claim that the prime minister has received a summary before appointing the new spy master has prompted netizen to make fun of Prime Minister Khan, who had previously said he wanted Hameed to continue his job. One of the posts often shared in social media groups said: “PM to nominate the next ISI chief from a list of three names recommended by the chief of staff. The three names recommended by General Bajwa are Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, Lieutenant General Nadeem A Anjum and Lieutenant General NA Anjum.”

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