Consultations between PM, COAS over new DG ISI completed: Fawad

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PM Office receives summary from Ministry of Defence for the appointment of new spymaster
ISLAMABAD
Minister for Information & Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said that the consultation process between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on the new spy chief has been completed.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the federal minister said that the process of appointing a new chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had started after consultation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa concluded.
According to the minister, “The civil and military leadership once again proved that all institutions stand united for the sake of country’s sovereignty, stability, and progress.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has received a summary from the Ministry of Defence for the appointment of the new DG ISI. The appointment will be announced after approval from the prime minister.
The controversy over the new spy chief started after the Prime Minister’s Office delayed the notification of Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum’s appointment, who was named as the new ISI chief by the Pakistan Army’s media wing in a press release.
On October 6, the military’s media wing issued a statement regarding the appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmad Anjum as the new DG ISI, replacing the outgoing chief General Faiz Hameed.
Two days later, it first emerged on social media that the federal government had yet to issue a formal notification for the appointment of the new spymaster. However, what led to intense rumours regarding the civil-military rift on the issue was the conspicuous silence by both Islamabad and Rawalpindi. It escalated further when Gen Faiz attended the National Security Committee meeting instead of the new spy chief.
The mainstream media “refrained” from picking up the story, sensing the sensitivity surrounding the issue and the parties involved in it. The matter, however, was discussed in the federal cabinet’s meeting on Tuesday and Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry cautiously spoke on the issue in the news conference after the cabinet meeting.
In the news conference, the government spokesperson didn’t clarify if the notification of the already named DG ISI would be issued or if the premier had someone else in mind. Several eyebrows were raised when the information minister said that all the legal procedures would be followed for the appointment of the DG ISI, saying: “The authority to appoint DG ISI rests with the prime minister.”