With Pasha due to retire, names for probable DG ISI successors crop up

ISI Director General Ahmed Shuja Pasha is due to retire on March 18.

Web Desk February 15, 2012

Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Ahmed Shuja Pasha is due to retire on March 18 and the government is considering new names for  the post, Express News reported on Wednesday.

As reported earlier by The Express Tribune, among the names under consideration for a possible successor are believed to be Chief of General Staff Lt General Wahid Arshad, Corps Commander Karachi Lt-General Muhammad Zahirul Islam and Corps Commander Peshawar Lt-General Khalid Rabbani.

Despite speculations that the government may extend his tenure for a third time in an effort to ease tensions with the military, the DG ISI reportedly told a western diplomat in an informal chat that he wants to go home sooner rather than later.

After heading the country’s premier spy agency since October 2008, Pasha is due to retire this year. He was scheduled to retire in March 2010, but was given extensions, twice.

“I have had enough of it … I want to get out of it,” Pasha was quoted as saying by a diplomat, who met the ISI chief recently.

Recently, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also dismissed reports that he was considering a proposal to grant another extension, but said a decision on this issue would be made at the “appropriate time”.


romeo | 9 years ago | Reply

In fact we dont have a patriotic leaders who really wants Pakistan should stabilize and become a very strong country. All we have looters, cheaters and beggars politician who put their own personal interest first than putting Pakistan integrity and sovereignty on top of their agenda. These politician are goons are all sold out to the west. Until and unless we have a Tsunami and all the politicians who amassed huge wealth are vanished for ever along with their clans Pakistan will never become self reliant and strong nation. I pray to Almighty that this happens sooner than later will be very good for the people of Pakistan. There is a lot of commotion about ISI. If ISI is so strong than why all these killings, lootings, suicide attacks, abductions, attack in their own den are happening each and every day. Why ISI cant stop this once and for all. Is ISI is a failed organization? Or may be the people heading ISI are not honest and faithful towards the country's integrity, hence time has come to remove them from their post and try new honest and faithful recruits who can do wonders for the country.

usmanx | 9 years ago | Reply



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