Faiz Hameed, who was eliminated because the Director-Basic of the Inter-Companies Intelligence and appointed because the Peshawar Corps Commander, can turn into the Pakistan Military head with the assist of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Hameed is alleged to have been dealing with navy and diplomatic roles and likewise preventing Imran Khan’s political opponents, notably the household of exiled three-time prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, reported Islam Khabar.
Earlier, Hameed was on a excessive profile go to to Kabul final month to patch up variations between the so-called reasonable Taliban, primarily those that negotiated the February 2020 Doha Pact and the sector commanders whose navy push introduced the group to energy on August 15.
He ensured that Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of Jalaluddin Haqqani (head of the Haqqani Community that labored on the ISI’s behest and was on the UN’s listing of terrorists) was appointed Inside Minister and at the very least two different Haqqanis obtained key positions within the interim authorities.
Hameed is reputed to have piloted the Taliban by way of the Doha talks and on the battlefield throughout Afghanistan, sending 1000’s of irregular fighters and navy planners to assist the Taliban.
It’s reported that the present Military Chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa noticed Hameed out and possibly felt he was rising too massive for his boots, reported Islam Khabar.
Furthermore, as new Peshawar corps commander Hameed is overseeing the Kabul developments the place the Taliban are nonetheless at loggerheads.
Much more essential is that the put up brings Hameed in line for the highest job when it falls vacant when Bajwa, already on an extension, lastly retires in 2022, reported Islam Khabar.
Reviews are that Bajwa might search another extension however even when that doesn’t occur, Imran Khan, who formally ‘selects’ the Military Chief and the ISI chief from the panels submitted to him, would wish to have his say, earlier than he goes for nationwide elections in the summertime of 2023.
Though formally introduced by the Military Headquarters, Hameed’s appointment has but to obtain approval from the Prime Minister’s Workplace.
Najam Sethi mentioned in his editorial in The Friday Occasions (October 8), “Though the switch was on the playing cards — as a result of his subsequent skilled ambition relied on commanding a Corps – it was additionally identified that Prime Minister Imran Khan wished to hold on to his ISI coattails for so long as potential. Maybe that is why there’s a buzz in regards to the delay in issuing the notification. Has Imran Khan modified his thoughts for some motive? Was there some misunderstanding between COAS and PM that has led to this confusion? If this isn’t sorted out shortly, we might face some severe turbulence,” reported Islam Khabar.
Sethi observes, “it’s now speculated that the brand new DGISI, Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum, won’t be inclined to comply with too carefully within the political footsteps of his predecessor for 2 causes: one, he’s Basic Bajwa’s nominee fairly than the prime minister’s though the appointment is meant to originate within the PM’s workplace; two, the military chief means to direct the ISI to pursue his personal goals and priorities fairly than these of the prime minister or Basic Faiz himself.”
Furthermore, Imran Khan was mentored by Hamid Gul, former head of Pakistan’s ISI, often known as the “godfather of the Taliban”, when he left cricket to hitch politics, to develop sympathy for the terrorist teams. He opposed navy motion towards them to such an extent that Musharraf had nicknamed him “Taleban Khan.” Khan additionally benefited immensely when the ISI sought to confront Nawaz Sharif in 2014.
Over time, DG, ISI is concerned in key choices with India, Afghanistan, on the Kashmir concern, on nuclear weapons and the US. In recent times, this has been prolonged to China and Saudi Arabia, each nations that train immense affect in Pakistan. The overtly unspoken job of DG, ISI has been to nurture and deploy terrorists, reported Islam Khabar.