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Pakistan's ISI to have four civilian Director Generals

ANI  |  Lahore [Pakistan] 

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is the appointing authority of all intelligence chiefs, has approved the proposal for apponting more civilians in the senior hierarchy in the Pakistan's powerful spy agency - Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The number of directors general (DGs), the highest civilian post in the Pakistan's spy agency has been increased from one to four. Previously, there was only one civilian DG post in the intelligence agency.

According to the office order issued by the PM Office on September 15, "the prime minister has seen and is pleased to approve the proposal at para 5 read with the views of Establishment Division. and of the Division."

The office order titled: "Revised establishment - Defence Intelligence Service (DIS) Cadre Of Directorate General ISI" was signed by the Prime Minister's Secretary, Fawad Hassan Fawad, and was circulated to the Establishment Division Secretary, Mian Asad Hayauddin, the ministry and the defence secretary.

The post of civilian DG in the is a grade 21 position, equivalent to a serving major general of the armed forces. Prime Minister Abbasi approved the summary sent to the PM Office by the Defence Ministry, proposing four civilian DGs in the ISI, the Dawn reported.

In addition, the prime minister has also enhanced the number of deputy directors general (DDGs) from eight to 15. The same summary recommended the creation of seven additional DDG posts for civilian officers in grade 20.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet and Establishment Division, Raja Javed Ikhlas, termed the order "a routine matter".

An official of the (ISPR) said that since the prime minister was the competent authority, as the worked under the PM Secretariat, it was his prerogative to increase the sanctioned posts in the agency.

Formed in 1948 as an independent unit to strengthen the country's intelligence network, the was formerly a part of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), which handled intelligence-sharing between different branches of the military, as well as external intelligence gathering.

Its headquarters were initially located in Rawalpindi, but were later moved to Islamabad.

In 1950, the was officially given the task of safeguarding Pakistani interests and national security, inside and outside the country.

This is not the first time that Pakistan's is being re-organised earlier during the Soviet-Afghan war, the was strengthened and re-organised, with a handful of posts being created for civilians from the Defence Intelligence Services (DIS) cadre.

According to a former official, it was in 2005 when retired Gen. Pervez Musharraf approved the posting of a civilian as DG in grade 21 for the first time.

The process for the promotion of civilian officers was slow, since there was only one DG slot, he said.

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First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 15:07 IST
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