Two Years Ago — Pakistan : Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar Appointed as Director-General of the ISI

“The idea that ISI is a rogue organization is very popular — and even the Pakistanis promote it — but having worked with ISI for the better part of 20 years, I know that ISI is very disciplined and a very able intelligence agency.”

Michael Scheuer — Former CIA Head of the Bin Laden Unit

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Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar

December 14 2016 — Pakistan has named a new head of its powerful military Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI). Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (December 14 2016) — General Naveed Mukhtar served as Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence, the premier intelligence agency of Pakistan, from December 11 2016 until October 25 2018.

Lieutenant General Syed Asim Munir Ahmed Shah — a three-star rank general in the Pakistan Army — is the current Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence.

Asim Munir was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General in September 2018 and was subsequently appointed as DG ISI.

Previously, Munir served as Director General of Military Intelligence.  He was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz in March 2018. He had earlier served as commander of Force Command Northern Areas.

General Munir is also a Hafiz-e-Quran, i.e. someone who has completely memorized the Qur’an.

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Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar was appointed as Director-General of the ISI, replacing Lt. General Rizwan Akhtar.

He had most recently been assigned as corps commander of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, and had previously headed the counterterrorism wing of the ISI in the capital, Islamabad

The Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI)

ISI has long been accused of supporting Islamist terrorists targeting India as well as sheltering the Afghan Taliban and other terrorist  groups.

A New Era?

The appointment of  Lt. General Mukhtar is — almost certainly — a personal choice of General Javed Qamar Bajwa, the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff.

This choice could signal that ISI is about to enter a new era. It is likely that running the Taliban in Afghanistan will no longer be a priority for the Agency and that ISI will focus on internal problems caused by militant groups which is General Mukhtar’s specialty.

Michael Scheuer on ISI

 ISI is like all other intelligence services–like the Australian service or the American service. ISI works for the interest of their country, not to help other countries.

Pakistanis can not leave the area (AfPak) when we (Americans) do.

They have to try to stabilize Afghanistan with a favorable Islamic government so they can move their 100,000 troops from their western border to the eastern border with India which–whether we like it or not, they see as a bigger threat.

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We (US) have created the mess in South Asia and the Pakistanis have to sort it out. Our (US) problems in Afghanistan are of our own making.

Al Qaeda has grown from just one platform (Afghanistan in 2001) to six platforms now.

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Pakistan : Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar Appointed as Director-General of the ISI

Two Years Ago — Pakistan : Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar Appointed as Director-General of the ISI

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