Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Bajwa pays a visit to ISI headquarters
In the midst of a disagreement with the civilian administration over the spy chief’s appointment. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan’s army chief, paid a visit to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters on Monday.
Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Bajwa pays a visit to ISI headquarters amid a controversy over the choice of a spy chief. The civilian administration and the military are at odds over the spy chief’s selection. Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, made a visit to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters on Monday.
On October 6, the powerful Army issued a statement announcing that ISI Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hamid had been replaced by Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum in a high-level military reshuffle. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office declined to release a notification of the new ISI chief’s appointment.
On October 12, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry admitted the existence of disagreements over the critical appointment for the first time. Despite statements from ministers that the situation had been handled and that the new ISI chief will be appointed soon, the matter has not been resolved until today.
General Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff, paid a visit to the ISI Headquarters and was greeted by Lt Gen Hamid, according to the Army. According to an official release, the “COAS was informed on the Internal Security and continuing situation in Afghanistan,” and he expressed satisfaction with the organization’s readiness. The Army’s media wing also released a photo of General Bajwa and Lt Gen Hamid presiding over a meeting.
When Lt Gen Muhammad Aamer gained charge as the new Gujranwala Corps Commander, he paid a visit. He took the place of Lt Gen Syed Asim Munir, who was named Quartermaster General. The military announced Lt Gen Aamer’s nomination as the Gujranwala Corps Commander on October 6, along with six other appointments, including the ISI chief.
It demonstrated that the process of putting the October 6 decision into effect had already begun. However, because Lt Gen Hamid was appointed to the role after the election, it was unclear when he would take charge as Peshawar Corps Commander.
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