Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pakistan Appoints New ISI Chief

Pakistan's prime minister has appointed a new head of intelligence to replace the retiring chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency.

Change of Guard ISI: Lt Gen Zaheer ul Islam (L) replaces Lt Gen Pasha (R)
Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam replaces Ahmad Shuja Pasha, who has been at the ISI's helm since 2008 and is set to retire.

He takes up the post after a tumultuous year in which the agency has been accused by the US of backing militants across the border in Afghanistan.

Lt Gen Pasha's term as head of the ISI was overshadowed by a single event - the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden by US special forces in the north-western Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad last May.

Read more: Global News


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