ISLAMABAD: Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, currently the Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), is expected to be posted as the Commander of XI Corps headquarter in Peshawar anytime after October 10.
It has also been speculated that the move may be a precursor for Gen Faiz’s likely elevation to the post of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) following General Bajwa’s end of tenure.
According to various reports, Gen Faiz Hameed is most likely to be posted as Commander XI Corps to ensure continuity keeping in view his critical role in dealing with the Afghan situation since his appointment as DG ISI on June 16, 2019.
Lt-Gen Nauman Mahmood has been commanding 11 Corps headquartered in Peshawar at present since December 2, 2019.
The decision on the appointment of Gen Faiz Hameed as Commander XI Corps is expected anytime after October 10, 2021, given that three 3-Star Lt-Generals are due to retire on October 18, 2021.
Those retiring include Lt Gen Majid Ehsan, Inspector General Arms (IG Arms), GHQ Rawalpindi; Lt Gen Aamir Abbasi, Quarter Master General, GHQ Rawalpindi; and Lt Gen Hamooduz Zaman Khan, Commander Army Air Defence, Rawalpindi.
Famous author and analyst Ayesha Siddiqa said: “Issue is not that he will be Corps Commander XI corps but who will be the next ISI chief in the interim period?”
It has been speculated that former DG ISPR, Lt Gen Asif Ghafoor may become the new DG ISI.
News outlet Business Recorder initially ran this news but it was removed due to unknown reasons.