Sharif to name new ISI chief

September 05, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to name the new director general of the ISI in less than a month’s time, the government circles say the key decision would be taken in consultation with the army chief General Raheel Sharif who himself is readying to tighten his grip over the army by appointing four new corps commanders before October 1, 2014.

Five lieutenants general of the Pakistan Army, including Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, are set to retire on October 1, 2014 while eight more lieutenants general will be retiring in October next year upon the completion of their service.

While it is the prerogative of the chief of the army staff to choose new corps commanders for Mangla, Gujranwala, Peshawar and Karachi, the government circles say authority to appoint the DG ISI rests with the prime minister, although he would like to consult the COAS on the issue.

According to the procedure laid down for the selection of DG ISI, the chief of the army staff recommends a panel of three capable lieutenant generals to the prime minister who takes the final decision.

PTI challenges NGO survey

LAHORE: Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly, Mahmoodur Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has challenged the authenticity of a survey report for the political popularity recently released by a non-governmental organisation.

The report had been released by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat) on the basis of an opinion poll conducted between July 16 and August 6, which declared the performance of the Punjab chief minister as the best among the four.

“The report is a failed effort to save the skin of Shahbaz, the man facing criminal and murder cases,” said Rashid yesterday.

He said Shahbaz was being named in the Model Town incident during the period the survey was conducted and hatred against the Punjab government was at its peak. How any person could talk in favour of such a person and appreciate his governance during those days, he questioned?

The PTI leader quoted reports about various provincial departments, including education, health and home, indicating poor performance of the government in all these sectors.