Lieutenant General Asim Munir likely to be appointed as DG ISI: sources

Lieutenant General Asim Munir likely to be appointed as DG ISI: sources

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to appoint DG Military Intelligence Lieutenant General Asim Munir as the new DG Inter Services Intelligence.

PM Khan will appoint the new head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) after the incumbent chief of the country’s premier spy agency, Lt-General Naveed Mukhtar, is retiring today (Monday).

According to media reports, DG Military Intelligence (MI) Lt-General Asim Munir would be appointed as new ISI chief.

Traditionally, the coveted slot of DG ISI, considered the most powerful after the army chief’s post, goes to a three-star general with a considerable experience of working in intelligence agencies.

If this patron remains, the new ISI chief should be from the following recently promoted three officers — Lt. General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Lt. General Asim Munir and Lt. General Waseem Ashraf.

Both Gen Zaki and Gen Munir served as DG military intelligence while General Ashraf had the experience of working in the ISI.

This would be the first major appointment the prime minister is going to make in the security establishment.

Within weeks of taking the charge, the prime minister visited the headquarters of the ISI in Islamabad.

He praised the intelligence agency for its contribution in the fight against terrorism, declaring the ISI as one of the world’s best spy agency.