Army denies new ISI chief related to Shah Rukh Khan

Published: March 11, 2012
Interestingly, Islam is among the batch of officers who have been ‘groomed’ by the Chief of Army Staff in the ‘new look’ ISI.

Interestingly, Islam is among the batch of officers who have been ‘groomed’ by the Chief of Army Staff in the ‘new look’ ISI.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has denied reports that the new ISI director-general designate Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam was distantly related to Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan. The Times of India had reported that the new ISI chief shared a tenuous link with Shahrukh Khan.

The report had also said that the new ISI chief is the nephew of Indian National Army hero Shah Nawaz Khan, while actor Shahrukh Khan’s late mother Lateef Fatima was Shah Nawaz’s adopted daughter.

Pakistan Army spokesperson Maj-Gen Athar Abbas denied the report of the link with Shahrukh Khan as incorrect. He did not comment on the spymaster being a nephew of Shah Nawaz.

Islam’s father served as a brigadier in the Pakistan Army and Shah Nawaz, who was a major-general in the INA, was his uncle, leading Pakistani defence analyst Ikram Sehgal told Press Trust of India.

Shah Rukh Khan’s late mother Lateef Fatima was the adopted daughter of Shah Nawaz, the PTI had said.

Islam, who was yesterday appointed the new head of the powerful spy agency, comes from a military family and was born in Rawalpindi. It could not immediately be ascertained whether Islam had ever met Shah Nawaz, who died in 1983.

Shah Nawaz served in the British Indian Army during World War II. He was captured in 1942 and then joined the INA.

Shah Nawaz was captured by the British and put on trial with other INA officers in 1946. They were convicted for treason but were discharged due to pressure from the public.

He later joined the Congress party and was elected to the Lok Sabha four times.

Before Islam’s appointment as the ISI chief, some media reports had suggested that Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan’s uncle Maj-Gen Isfandyar Ali Khan Pataudi, a deputy director general in the spy agency, was in the running for the top slot. However, sources told PTI that Pataudi was never seen as a serious contender for the post of ISI chief. (With additional input from NNI)

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (55)

  • salman
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:33AM

    This must be the office of either Prime Minister or President. Sorry to say the table flag of Pakistan is with wrong dimensions.


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 10:47AM

    What ever the hard wing rightists, Islamists or propogaters of two nation theory keep saying the truth is that we are branches of the same tree. In times to come the people of both the countries will prevail and all of us will dissolve the artificial boundaries. We are same people, same race “HAM BULBULE HAI ISKI YE WATAN HAI HAMARA”.


  • Yawar
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:47AM

    Okay, so who cares? Having relatives in India does not compromise anything.


  • Baluch
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:55AM



    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:00AM

    is “deny” the only job description of our ISPR ?


  • SalSal
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:04AM

    Oh great I bet the Pakistani media never investigated that new Indian army chief. Lol nothing else to do Indian media?


    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:07AM

    Its so funny that if 2+2 is 4 how come any sane person can deny it ? Either the two are related or not , its simply a matter of facts


  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:26AM

    This is quite surprising. Why are Indian actors related to Pakistani generals.


  • musharaf
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:46AM

    so, what will happen if he in reality related to shah rokh khan.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2012 - 12:02PM

    Family ties.


  • Imran Uddin
    Mar 11, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Even if he is distantly related..whats the big deal?? At the time partition, lots of families moved from both sides of the border..I think we have bigger problems to deal with at the moment instead of thinking what would happen if an ISI cheif is related to a bollywood star. I think we should focus on our corrupt politicians who are not related to bollywood stars but living a lavish life like them.


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 2:10PM

    It seems there’s more than “brotherly” relations between India and Pakistan. And still we want to cut off each other’s throats? Sad.


  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:37PM

    No problem even he is relative to anyone. We hope Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam will do his best to perform his duties to safeguard Pakistan from external and internal threats.


  • alicia
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:39PM

    Who cares if he is related or not? Doesn’t the ISPR have better things to do?


  • Dr. Inject
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:40PM

    @Hamza Malik:
    Thanks to large hate mongering right wingers in india and comparably minute same bunch in PK.


  • roma
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:40PM

    @Hamza Malik: – yes members of the same family at each others throit – hope we learn soon and mprove – often its punjabi vs punjabi – very intelligent indeed.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:41PM

    The Indian Government should be glad to know if the newly appointed ISI Chief Lt. General Zahreeul Islam is related in some way to Indian Film Star Shah Rukh Khan.

    The question arises: Did ever Shah Rukh Khan visited Pakistan and stayed at the official or private residence of Mr. Zaheerul Islam?

    Did ever Indian Actor applied for a Pakistani Visa and have mentioned in the Visa Application Form the address of Mr. Zaheerul Islam?

    These are all assumptions and are far from reality.

    People who have started gossiping should put the two picture of ISI Chief’s viz. Lt. General Shuja Pasha and of Lt. General Zareeul Islam and see who looks like a soft person?

    In my opinion, Lt. General Zareeul Islam is going to give a tough time not only to the India Government but also to US Government, as Lt. General Zareeul Islam is made ISI Chief to only protect the interest of Pakistan and people will realize the fact, once he will assume his duties.

    The outgoing ISI Chief Lt. General Shuja Pasha has done his job according to the needs of Pakistan and will remain a valuable asset for Government of Pakistan.


  • Akha
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:52PM

    Best hay if they are related, c’mon who cares just hope he is good at his job !


  • zobo
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:57PM

    So what’s wrong if he is related to some Indian,many army officers have relatives there but never has such a connection come up for discussion.It will be good for both the countries if they have common blood.Grow up Media_of both the countries!


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 3:03PM

    Hey we are all somehow, somewhere and somewhat related to each other so drop our differences and try to live in peace and harmony side by side.


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 3:09PM

    What is bad about being related to Shah Rukh Khan or being a nephew of an INA officer.

    The guy has inherited both courage and talent.


  • dv sikka
    Mar 11, 2012 - 3:33PM

    I often write that india and Pakistan are twins seperated at Birth, thanks to the departing treachery of DIVIDE and RUIN.
    It is time the two countries embrace each other for the good of their people. Only then prosperity will come to these countries. The losers will be the foreign gun makers. The winners will be those who are losing their life for no reason every day. The winners will be those who find no food on the table because all the resources are being spent fighting each other. Think of the slogan of Neta ji’s INA
    Sehgal Dillon Shahnwaz
    Inqlab zindabad.


  • Haris Chaudhry
    Mar 11, 2012 - 4:01PM

    @ Mohammed Ali Siddiqui:
    Sorry Siddiqui but your commentary is not making any sense… What is the point you are trying to make here ?


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 4:05PM

    he has great personality


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 4:15PM

    A great entertainment provided by Indian media :) “ISI chief is relative of SRK” ROFL


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 4:16PM

    I hope the new guy stops the Indian sponsored terrorism by RAW in Pakistan. He needs to cut the head off the TTP which India controlls. Either that or retaliation for terror exported by India.


  • Bhindian
    Mar 11, 2012 - 4:48PM

    wow did this really require a denial? seriously what a joke


  • Jan
    Mar 11, 2012 - 5:57PM

    ET – why is this news so important…. front page of your website?? There are many other important topics….


  • Anwar
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:22PM

    So will SRK control ISI in the future? What is the conclusion that can be drawn after connecting the dots?


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:58PM

    Shahrukh Khan is a King and General Islam is a King maker. Relationship is obvious.


  • Bangladeshi
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:02PM

    @VINOD: That what INDIANS dream. Akhand Bharat. IT won’t happen inshallah. 2 nation
    theory brought out 2/3 subcontinental muslims from majority Hindu oppression. Muslims won’t go back to Indian dominion.


  • AN
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:32PM

    I doubt this connection but even if this is true then why Indian media is trying to portray it like it’s SRK fault. So what if he is related. People have relatives on both sides of the border. No big deal.


  • Babbarsher khan
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:53PM

    Would could a “professional defender” of the land of pure be related to a Hindustani? It is worst than blasphemy, so the army’s PR department has no choice but to deny it. This kind of “rumor-mongering” is worst than a defeat in a real war!


  • KMR Overseas
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:58PM

    If you go back, both Manmohan Singh and Advani are Pakistanis!!!


  • mrk
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Since Shahrukh is probably the most popular person in Pakistan, this could be ISI’s chess move to present a soft image by linking gen Zaheer and the larger than life Shahrukh!!!


  • MAK
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:51PM

    What the masses be benifitted with this news


  • Hadi Ansari
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:10PM

    What’s the big deal if the spymaster is related to Tom dick and harry.After all being human
    like all of us he ought to have a family and,relatives including the distant and the lost ones.
    Late Nakai,the Chief minister of Punjab had his real brother,perhaps follower of Sikhism ,in
    India.So what?
    Let us broaden our minds and stop finding faults in others.If suppose he has relatives in
    India,both Pakistanis and Indians should be proud of him and consider this as an opportunity
    to come closer.
    We live in digital age.Computer hacking is now teenagers pass time,but not for military
    agencies around the world.


  • hamza khan
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:18PM

    @Pakistani Agnostic:

    uhhhh….its called partition.


  • Muhammad Ali Shah
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:02PM

    Loved Mr. Vinod’s comment; had a secular leader like Jinnah not been pressurized into supporting the partition, we would have had a superpower on the map with the team of Gandhi and Maulana Azaad. The two nation theory failed the day Pakistani politicians and the army failed to recognise a patriot like Mujeeb-ur-Rahman who used to cycle all the way to listen to Jinnah’s speeches and broke the country into 2 blaming India as a scapegoat; and it has been failing in all our faces every day when Punjabis curtail the rights of Balochis, the Sindhis are at odds with Punjabis, Pathans having already renamed their province want to get amalgamated into Afghanistan and none of the provinces recognise the millions of migrants who left everything and crossed the border under the false pretence of a ‘Muslim’ homeland.

    There is no such thing as a muslim country or a hindu country; religion is a personal matter and should be respected. If only we could’ve prevented all the blood shed resulting from the damned partition………


  • ash khan
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:25PM

    As far as the two nation theory is concerned, well im pretty sure that ended the day Bangladesh became a seperate nation. Less than 1/3 of the subcontinents Muslims today reside in Pakistan, and even that 1/3 is often violently divided by sectarianism. Sunnis vs Shias, Barelwis vs Deobands. Thats a poor legacy of the ‘two nation theory’


  • Mar 12, 2012 - 12:38AM

    We have so much faith in our genrals and army men that even thier parents, siblings dont know their every day duites. e.g of the major Yasir who died fighting in PNS Mehran attack was talking to her mother on the phone before the battle, the attak happened, he told her I have to go and shut the phone. NOTHING MORE! So it really does not matter if Sharukh Khan is maa k chacha k potay ka bhateeja or whatever!


  • Yash
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:17AM

    its similar to say like MANMOHAN SINGH should NOT be the PM of INDIA BECAUSE he was BORN in LAHORE…


  • Pollack
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:33AM

    The real question is if SRK is embarrassed about this “relationship” to the head of an organization which has been accused of hiding bin laden in addition to carrying out attacks in Afghanistan and India?


  • Imtiaz
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:36AM

    ….and that is a problem because? probably because we are such narrow minded bigots.


  • SB
    Mar 12, 2012 - 4:55AM

    HIghly improbable. Shahrukh Khan’s mom is from Hyderabad elite family. His sisters doctors etc. later moved to Bangalore. Shahrukhs dad from North, Delhi, with lineage going through Peshawar to Changez Khans. If the link was from his dads side I would have said may be. But from his mom’s side no way.

    But how does it matter. It is not such a big issue to make a denial by the authorities. There were many case in 1965 war when brothers fought from either side. There have been counsel generals both cousins or brothers one time in Jeddah for instance. As a matter of fact we must cherish such occasions.


  • zalim singh
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:16AM

    who is at risk – Pakistan or India?


  • baljinder singh
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:44AM

    That means Sharu khan is not a Terrorist ISI Boss had only relation with the Terrorist ?


  • baljinder singh
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:46AM

    that means he is a terrorist you moron@musharaf:


  • alam khurshid
    Mar 12, 2012 - 7:02AM

    The history of the indopak wars is…
    Punjabi fighting punjabi…
    Jatt Muslim fighting Jatt Sikh and Jatt hindu…
    Rajput Muslim fighting Rajput Hindu….

    Really the same blood. The same family if we dare trace back a few generations. Brother versus brother in the strictest sense.

    What a shame…are we stupid or what? Why. Don’t we fight someone else for a change? How about those Arab mullahs who have pulled us into the ditch?


  • Mar 12, 2012 - 8:12AM

    Of course this is untrue. Pakistanis are descendants of Arabs. Its not possible for them to have Indian ancestry. For more info on the subject pick up a copy of the bigoted Urdu Press immediately.


  • Farhan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:54AM

    This is just because of this disgusting media that we are discussing the appointments of such high officials, previously the appointment of the DG ISI was never discussed like this, nothing in this country is now secret, private or confidential just because of the media. One day this out of control media will destroy Pakistan.


  • Cross Border Relatives!
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:56PM

    CIA and( RAW/ Mossad) have selected very well and appointed Islam as ISI boss! SRK was possibly informed too. Now SRK movies will be real hits in pakistan! That is called cross-border cooperations.
    this is grea tCBM’s( Confidence Building Measures)!!!


  • SB
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:42PM

    @BruteForce: Hahahahaha well said.


  • Mar 12, 2012 - 5:32PM

    @Bangladeshi: I have said “In times to come the people of both the countries will prevail and all of us will dissolve the artificial boundaries.” Where have I talked about Akhand Bharat or Pakistan becoming our part. Remember Pakistan was created with our consent and we wish you all happiness. I only said that artificial boundaries will dissolve and we being branches of the same tree will move with all freedom in each others country. May be one day my great grand son will be working in Rawalpindi and yours in Bombay without fear and hate. May we both prosper and rise above the hate created by interested quarters.


  • Moosa Khan
    Mar 18, 2012 - 5:44AM

    Table flag error (as always seen with PK small-sized flags). And that other flag should not be there. The name of the country is Pakistan not PPP.


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