Nisar opposes ISI chief’s contract extension

Published: March 1, 2012
Says Gen Pasha is responsible for a clutch of intelligence failures. PHOTO: ZAFAR ASLAM/EXPRESS/FILE

Says Gen Pasha is responsible for a clutch of intelligence failures. PHOTO: ZAFAR ASLAM/EXPRESS/FILE


Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has asked the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government not to extend the contract of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha for a third term.

Speaking at a press conference here on Thursday, he said there are a lot of competent generals who are capable of filling this post, “and I hope that the army itself will devise a strategy to replace Pasha.”

He added: “During Pasha’s service, Pakistan witnessed massive intelligence failures such as the raid in Abbottabad; the Mumbai tragedy; the attack on Mehran Base Karachi; the Memogate scandal and Nato air strike on the Salala check post. It was unfortunate that despite all this, Pasha claims that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stopped him from resigning his post, which is strange for us.”

Six weeks ago, the army levelled serious allegations on rulers over Memogate, while Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani accused the army of housing Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, he said, adding that the PML-N, along with civilians, will stage protests.

He said that as promised before, the PML-N will table a resolution in the National Assembly session starting from Monday for necessary legislation to resolve the problem of missing persons.

He lashed out at the intelligence outfits of the country for what he called was “their inefficiency” in handling the missing persons’ cases.

He said the PML-N is also working on a draft bill to regulate the role of intelligence agencies, which will be moved in the assembly.

Lashing out at PTI

Nisar lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and dared him to
come in the tribunal exclusively for judging properties and status of tax defaulters, so that PML-N’s position can be cleared.

He found it surprising that Khan only targeted PML-N leaders and excluded all other political parties. He accused Khan of being a tax defaulter from 1971 to 2001 and of not paying for his ‘gift’ property residence in Bani Gala.

Radio tax

The wireless fee that has been approved by a government standing committee is a clear violation of law because it must be approved through a bill and not a committee, Nisar said. That tax was abolished by the PML-N government in 1997.

Allocation of funds

Nisar further accused the government’s establishment of a new cell that will allocate funds for aid provision and said it is an attempt to channel funds in a manner that brings money back to the PPP for use in election campaigns.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • RizwanTKhan
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:54AM

    No extension should be given to no one especially to Shuja Pasha after his worse performance.


  • Qasim
    Mar 1, 2012 - 12:19PM

    General Saheb, enough is enough. Please go home, relax with your children, play golf and let someone else deal with the mess you are leaving behind.


  • Mirza
    Mar 1, 2012 - 12:54PM

    In a huge army of over half a million there is no general capable enough for promotion other than these two who already are on extensions? These extensions of unelected paid govt servants are insult to deserving who are waiting and retiring without the promotion and top honor.


  • tayeb
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:05AM

    On what achievements the GD to be service to be extended.I think still NRO working as all the players are in the posts which were mentioed in NRO except Musharaff and Banezir


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