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PM gives nod to Lt Gen Nadeem appointment as new spy master

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the DG-ISI Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence, here Tuesday.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has finally approved the appointment of new director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), nearly three weeks after the military announced a major reshuffle in its top brass.
A notification issued by the PM Office on Tuesday said: “The prime minister has seen and approved the appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, HI (M) as director general Inter-Services Intelligence, with effect from November 20, 2021”.
The notification added that the incumbent spymaster Lt Gen Faiz Hameed “shall continue to hold charge as the director general Inter-Services Intelligence till November 19, 2021”.
The development comes after Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on PM Imran earlier in the day. The meeting was part of the ongoing consultation process between the prime minister and the army chief about the timing of change of command in ISI and selection of the new DG ISI, said the PM Office in a statement.
During this process a list of officers was received from the Ministry of Defence. Prime Minister Imran interviewed all the nominees. “[And] a final round of consultation was held between the premier and the army chief,” the statement added. “After detailed consultative process, the name of Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum was approved as new DG ISI.”
The appointment of the DG ISI has been the subject of intense debate and discussions after it emerged that the government did not notify the new spymaster despite an announcement made by the ISPR in this regard. The development sparked rumours that the civil and military leadership was “not on the same page” vis-à-vis the issue. The government also confirmed that “proper procedure” was not followed for the appointment of the coveted post.
The incoming DG ISI, as per the ISPR, was commissioned in the Light Anti-Tank Battalion of the Punjab Regiment. He has diversified experience of command, staff and instructional assignments, according to the ISPR. He is a graduate of the Combined Arms Centre, UK; Staff College, Quetta, Advance Staff Course, UK, the NDU, Islamabad, the APCSS, USA and the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. He holds a Master’s degree from the King’s College, London and the NDU Islamabad.
“General Nadeem has vast experience of command in conventional as well as sub conventional threat environments,” read the ISPR statement. It added that he had been in command on both the western border and the LOC besides long service in Balochistan.
Gen Nadeem commanded an infantry brigade in South Waziristan agency, an infantry brigade in Kurram agency and Hangu during the Operation Zarb-e-Azb and he was IGFC Balochistan during the Operation Raddul Fasaad.
He has been an instructor at the PMA, Staff College and the NDU. He has been commandant of the Staff College, Quetta. He has also been chief of staff of 5 Corps. His last assignment was Commander 5 Corps, Sindh. “General is a keen runner and enjoys playing basketball and cricket,” the ISPR statement said. – TLTP