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Crisis as govt yet to inform new ISI chief

• Minister says consultation between PM, COAS completed
• Notice issued to Chief Whip of PTI in NA

Islamabad: After following reported deadlock Amid the civil and military leadership over the issue of the appointment of a new Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday received a summary of the names of candidates for one of the country’s most powerful slots.

A federal minister told on condition of anonymity dawn That the Premier received a summary containing the names of the office of DG ISI.

Further, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) slammed its Chief Whip in the National Assembly, Amir Dogar, for disclosing the details of the PM’s meeting with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday night, following which Mr. Khan’s remarks at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. He had allegedly received a show cause notice from the party.

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted on Wednesday that the consultation between the PM and COAS on the appointment of the new DG ISI has been completed and the process of appointment has begun. “The civil and military leadership has once again proved that all institutions are united for the stability, integrity and development of the country,” he wrote.

Briefing the press about the cabinet meeting, the minister had said on Tuesday that the prime minister wanted the appointment of a new DG ISI as per the constitution.

However, according to defense affairs experts, the process of appointment is not mentioned in the Constitution or the Army Act, and all previous appointments were made as per convention, whereby the army chief proposes three names to the premier, who then take the final decision. Decision.

Last week, the military’s media affairs arm, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), had announced Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum was appointed as the new ISI chief while Lt Gen Faiz Hameed was posted as Peshawar Corps Commander.

As the appointment notification was not issued by the PM’s office for the next few days, this triggered speculation in the federal capital, forcing the government to break its silence on the issue. The information minister then told the press on Tuesday that PM Khan and the COAS held a “long meeting” last night to discuss the matter, after which the premier took the cabinet into confidence on the issue.

Meanwhile, Mr Dogar revealed that the PM informed the federal cabinet that he had told the army chief that he wanted the DG ISI to be continued for some time due to the dire situation in the neighboring country.

“The Prime Minister has the authority to appoint the DG ISI and he had a detailed meeting with COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa in this regard,” Mr Choudhary said earlier to the press. “The federal government will follow the legal and constitutional process on the appointment of DG ISI,” he said.

The minister categorically said that no such step will be taken from the PM’s office or the military system, which will hurt each other’s reputation.

Published in Dawn, October 14, 2021

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