Who will be the new IB Chief? Three names shortlisted

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Who will be the new IB Chief? Three names shortlisted

ISLAMABAD - Three names have surfaced for the powerful slot of the Intelligece Bureau Chief. Names of Mehr Khaliq Dad Lak, Fawad Asadullah and Dr Suleman have surfaced– three officers already serving the IB.

Lak is an officer in basic pay scale (BPS) 22 while Asadullah and Suleman are in BPS-21. Lak is presently the commandant of the IB Academy, Asadullah is posted as joint director at the IB headquarters, and Suleman is the joint director looking after IB operations in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Both Asadullah and Suleman have field experience of counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations. Lak previously served as Capital City Police Officer in Lahore and was promoted in BPS-22 in December last year.

According to the PM Office sources, Premier Abbasi is mulling over the new IB chief’s appointment after Sultan conveyed to the PM his intention not to continue after expiry of his third consecutive extension.

The officials dispelled the reports that the PM was reluctant to give IB director general yet another extension, saying Sultan himself was not inclined to continue as top civilian spymaster and intended to retire after staying in the office for years.

“He [Sultan] thinks it’s time other officers are be given a chance,” said an official source.