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Deadlock between Imran, Pak military over new ISI chief continues

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ISLAMABAD: The controversy concerning the appointment of Pakistan’s Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI) chief continues to linger on regardless of the federal government’s repeated claims that the nation’s civilian and navy management had been on the identical web page concerning the problem.
“The issue is that each hour some individual, for getting fame, twists some phrases and places it up on Twitter. Right now, the method has began. There is no such thing as a battle between the military and the federal government. Everyone seems to be on the identical web page,” Pakistan’s info minister Fawad Chaudhry mentioned on Thursday. He claimed {that a} particular part, which needs to play on this, has been defeated.
The ministry of defence — to be extra particular military chief Common Qamar Javed Bajwa — had introduced the substitute of the outgoing spymaster Lt Gen Faiz Hameed by Karachi’s corps commander Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum on October 6. The choice was not welcomed by the PM as he was not consulted on it.
Since Gen Bajwa’s resolution, a number of the cupboard members had began claiming that it was the PM’s prerogative to make an appointment of the ISI chief. Amir Dogar, considered one of Khan’s prime aides, had lately claimed that the PM wished to retain Hameed as his ISI chief.
Following the reported deadlock between the civil and navy management on the problem, the PM’s workplace acquired a abstract on Wednesday carrying names of three candidates and Khan, as a rule, has to decide on one from them or decide up another person for the ISI chief’s publish.
A day earlier, the data minister had mentioned that the problem concerning the appointment was settled after a prolonged assembly between Khan and Bajwa.
Hours later, one of many federal ministers was quoted by media as saying that the PM wished to interview officers who had been shortlisted for the place of ISI DG.
Responding to the minister’s declare, the data minister mentioned that it was a conference for the prime minister to fulfill candidates earlier than appointments had been made to key positions such because the ISI chief. “Now it’s being mentioned that the PM will conduct interviews for the brand new ISI chief,” he mentioned.
In response to a query about when the federal government would notify the brand new ISI chief, PM’s aide on political communication, Shahbaz Gill, who was accompanying the data minister, mentioned: “Don’t take this so urgently. It’s severe enterprise.”
He mentioned that the data minister would share the information with the media as quickly because the prime minister decides and urged the media to chorus from sensationalising nationwide issues.
The federal government’s declare concerning the PM receiving a abstract for the appointment of the brand new spymaster has prompted netizens to poke enjoyable at PM Khan, who had earlier mentioned that he wished Hameed to proceed along with his job. One of many posts that was often shared in social media teams mentioned: “PM to appoint the subsequent ISI chief from a listing of three names advisable by the chief of military employees. The three names advisable by Gen Bajwa are Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, Lt Gen Nadeem A Anjum and Lt Gen N A Anjum.”

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