Ex-DG Rangers Sindh named new ISI chief

Published: September 22, 2014


ISLAMABAD: Lieutenant (Lt) General Rizwan Akhtar has been appointed as the new chief of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), in a major reshuffle in the army, which also saw the promotion of six major generals to the rank of lieutenant generals.

The chief military spokesperson, Major General Asim Salim Bajwa, confirmed on Monday through his twitter account that former Director General Sindh Rangers General Rizwan Akhar, after being elevated to the rank of Lt General, will replace the incumbent DG ISI Lt General Zaheerul Islam, who is set to retire in October.

Akhtar will assume his responsibilities on November 8.

The newly appointed DG ISI, a graduate of the Command and Staff College Quetta, NDU Islamabad and the War Course in USA,  was commissioned in the Frontier Force Regiment in September 1982. He has commanded an Infantry Brigade and Division in FATA and also remained DG Rangers Sindh.

The post of DG ISI is considered to be the most powerful after the army chief. The appointment of the new ISI chief was being closely watched in view of speculations that the outgoing spymaster might be behind the ongoing anti-government protests in Islamabad.

Technically, the appointment of the ISI chief is the prerogative of the prime minister, but the announcement made by ISPR appears to suggest it was army chief General Raheel Sharif who prevailed in this key appointment.

Other major generals who have been promoted to the rank of Lt General include Hilal Hussain, Ghayur Mahmood, Nazir Butt, Navid Mukhtar and Hidayat Ur Rehman.

Lt General Hidayatur Rehman, Lt General Naveed Mukhtar, Lt General Ghayur Mahmood, Lt General Hilal Hussain and Lt General Nazir Butt. PHOTOS: ISPR

These promotions came ahead of the retirement of five three-star officers in October including DG ISI, corps commanders of Mangla, Karachi, Gujranwala and Peshawar.

According to the DG ISPR, Lt General Hidayatur Rehman has been appointed as corps commander Peshawar, Lt General Naveed Mukhtar as Corps Commander Karachi, Lt General Hilal Hussain as Corps Commander Mangla, Lt General Ghayur Mahmood as Corps Commander Gujranwala while Lt General Nazir Butt has been appointed as Inspector General Commutation and Information Technology.

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  • Bravo
    Sep 22, 2014 - 11:53AM

    Congrats to ‘the Boss’. Good luck!


  • SK
    Sep 22, 2014 - 12:27PM

    Since he had done (no) wonders in Karachi in the past couple of years as DG Rangers, I am sure he will prove to be as ineffective in his new post as well


  • Sep 22, 2014 - 12:30PM

    Congratulation, Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar ! appointed as a NEW Spy Master of Pakistan.
    Long Live Pakistan Armed Forces – Inter Services Intelligence


  • Blithe
    Sep 22, 2014 - 12:33PM

    Sir, you have a lot of work to gain back credibility.

    Please do NOT follow footsteps of notorious pasha and Zaheer . Do NOT try to close down TV channels . Do NOT create disturbance in politics by supporting miscreants like TuQ and IK.
    Do NOT create a strom when you retire – no one is above the country .


  • Blithe
    Sep 22, 2014 - 12:35PM

    Also , please hand over Imran Farooq killers to UK. Do not use them as leverage to control MQM


  • Rana
    Sep 22, 2014 - 12:37PM

    Welcome to the politics!


  • Ali
    Sep 22, 2014 - 12:47PM

    Nawaz Sharif kicked in face. GO NAWAZ GO


  • Sep 22, 2014 - 12:53PM

    His performance in Karachi left a lot to be desired. He was unable to control law and order in one city so how will he manage this key position.


  • Asad
    Sep 22, 2014 - 12:56PM

    So finally Nawaz League wants some solution before 26 Sept session, but their problem is that they have totally miscalculated the whole episode. They think it was all about this new appointment in agency. But I don’t think so it is like that, Mian Sb will have to face humiliation outside General Assembly in New York on Sept 26. But still I welcome atleast he has finally showed willingness to end the crisis as per his own interpretation.


  • Zulfiqar
    Sep 22, 2014 - 1:15PM

    Nawaz Sharif always take hasty decision promoting juniors to senior most position ignoring merit and seniority for his personal benefits. Army should send him back to Jeddah.


  • Nabeel
    Sep 22, 2014 - 1:23PM

    Go nawaz GO


  • Spy vs Spy
    Sep 22, 2014 - 1:26PM

    Should a democracy even care about who is heading a spy agency?


  • Asad
    Sep 22, 2014 - 1:29PM

    Geo’s next Target


  • Adeel Abbas
    Sep 22, 2014 - 1:34PM

    He is suited for the job being a hypocrit.


  • Ahmed
    Sep 22, 2014 - 1:50PM

    Again PMLN took a decision without merit.


  • WatchOut
    Sep 22, 2014 - 1:51PM

    No better way to announce his arrival than by causing some mayhem in the eastern sector. Watch out !!


  • FS
    Sep 22, 2014 - 2:00PM

    @SK: Till the time when Gen Rizwan was performing as DG Rangers operation was very successful, after his role change situation get worst :-(


  • Kamran
    Sep 22, 2014 - 2:25PM

    Go Imran Go


  • Tariq Ghouri
    Sep 22, 2014 - 2:35PM

    Congratulation, Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar


  • ishrat salim
    Sep 22, 2014 - 2:39PM

    @Shahid: No one can control any one in Karachi as long as PPP / MQM are in power….unless, of course possible, if Karachi is handed over to the Army for complete clean up. That is why no one supports Army in Karachi…


  • a&a
    Sep 22, 2014 - 2:46PM

    Must be from Sharif’s family ;-)


  • pervaiz
    Sep 22, 2014 - 3:00PM

    Good luck boss. Hope to see you true dedeicated spy master for Pakistan and its nation only. All Pakistanis would like to see you somewhat different from Gul Hameed, Psha and Zaheer Islam. Our prayers are with you and Pak Army


  • Moiz Omar
    Sep 22, 2014 - 3:52PM

    Congrats to the new chief of the ISI. Hope you do your duties well.Recommend

  • Sep 22, 2014 - 4:23PM

    @ishrat salim:
    I agree.


  • sabi
    Sep 22, 2014 - 8:03PM

    I hope new team will eradicate culture of conspiracies against democracy in this country.Very bad days are coming for touts and their collaborators trying to create rift between civil- military relationship to pave way for fascist state.
    This group of conspirators include some ex servicemen media persons and third tier politicians desperately willing to grab power by hook or by crook.
    No more dharnas no more agitations no more blackmails.Go ahead Nawaz Sharif.


  • shah
    Sep 22, 2014 - 8:11PM

    Congrats to Rizwan Akhtar Sahib


  • reader
    Sep 22, 2014 - 10:04PM

    this is of oh great, blessed news for us poor downtrodden people of karachi.
    now finally a important person in islamabad will taken interest in helping ppl of karachi from daily terrorizing from political parties.


  • Asif
    Sep 22, 2014 - 10:30PM

    If Nawaz had made the final selection then I am sure this guy is “yes sir” mindset and will likely fade into mediocrity as soon as he assumes the position.
    Nawaz may benefit personnely but at a loss to the country


  • Gohar khan
    Sep 23, 2014 - 4:04AM

    Nawaz make again to make left and right that is not tight for Hussain I am very happy


  • Gohar khan
    Sep 23, 2014 - 4:11AM

    I want to my new spy to great man and do for the country only not for harmai political man


  • powvow
    Sep 23, 2014 - 8:34AM

    @Shahid – “His performance in Karachi left a lot to be desired. He was unable to control law and order in one city so how will he manage this key position.”

    Has anybody ever checked the performance of any spy agency or its chief. There are a lot of variables and grey areas in this job profile. In fact, this is one position where he can have his cake and eat it too – power with means to deflect responsibility.


  • zahid khan
    Sep 23, 2014 - 6:47PM

    v.good 4 country’
    positive man at rite place reached as DG ISI.


  • Najib
    Sep 24, 2014 - 10:16AM

    General Raheel sold out to Nawaz and returning favor to him for making him the chief. General Rizwan, please follow your conscious rather than blindly following your boss.


  • Unimpressionable
    Sep 24, 2014 - 8:53PM

    NO! Gen Raheel followed his conscience, the call of his duty, and the Constitution. Please refrain from making uncalled for and unjust accusations. It is becoming quite fashionable to accuse anyone, no matter who, without any evidence and that is wrong, absolutely wrong.


  • Nov 5, 2014 - 1:00PM

    Best of luck Lt.General.
    my prayers are with u..
    and i have a suggestion for u..
    we, as a nation expects from u to Eradicate the war of Sectarianism. And do find the real persons who r ding this act….

    God Bless u
    Best Regards,
    Muhammad Tqi

  • ameer memon
    Nov 7, 2014 - 11:49AM

    I hope to Allah new DG isi will make peace ful our country.


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