Zaheerul Islam takes office as new spymaster

Tahir Rafique Butt assumes his duties as the new chief of Pakistan Air Force.


Web Desk March 19, 2012

Lt Gen. Zaheerul Islam took charge as the new director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on Monday after former intelligence chief Lt Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha retired from the post.

Islam has earlier served as the deputy director general of the ISI as a major general. He was then promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and moved to Karachi. He is said to be a disciplined and focused officer.

Lt Gen. Pasha, who retires after having served a one-year extension in tenure granted to him in March 2011, had requested the army chief in December to relieve him of his duties as the ISI chief. Pasha, who has been accused of involvement in some political conspiracies during his tenure, served as the DG of the ISI when al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was found and killed in Abbottabad in May 2011.

Tahir Rafique Butt as new air chief

Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt also assumed his duties as the new Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday.

Butt joined PAF on March 6, 1977, as a GD pilot. He assumed the office of Vice Chief of the Air Staff on October 5, 2010. In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been decorated with Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Basalat.

COMMENTS (8)

Pakistan politics | 9 years ago | Reply

@Noor Nabi: president, speaker, chairman senate, dont u think it balances the power

Noor Nabi | 9 years ago | Reply

Two more Punjabis in key positions. The Chief of Joint Staffs as well as the Army chief are Punjabis as well. I am not sure about the Naval chief's province of origin. Punjab - through its dominating representation in the armed forces of Pakistan - has played a major role in shaping the fortunes of the country during the last 65 years. It is about time that citizens from other provinces should also be inducted into positions of responsibility.

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