ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Amir Dogar has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to continue as the director-general (DG) of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for a few more months.
During an interview with a private TV channel, Dogar said that the prime minister wanted to keep DG ISI Lieutenant-General Faiz Hameed on his post in view of the emerging situation in Afghanistan.
Dogar added that the prime minister took the cabinet into confidence on this issue and told the members that he wished to retain Faiz Hameed as DG ISI for a few months until a settlement in Afghanistan was achieved.
He quoted the prime minister as saying that he enjoyed an ideal relationship with Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Amir Dogar said that a lengthy meeting took place between the prime minister and the COAS on Monday night in which it was decided that three to five more names would be sent in accordance with relevant rules and regulations and the prime minister would chose one of them for the post.
The meeting was also confirmed by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry during his presser after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
PM’s aide on political affairs insisted that it was a matter of personal preference of the prime minister, but “there may have been a procedural deficiency”.
Dogar quoted the prime minister as saying that Lt-Gen Nadeem Anjum was a good general and he had no objection over his elevation but the procedure should be followed in letter and spirit.
In view of the current situation in the region, he said the prime minister did not want to lower the morale of the armed forces.
Describing the prime minister’s body language during the cabinet meeting positive, Amir Dogar said that the opposition wanted to approach “Gate No 4” but nothing of the sort would happen.
The prime minister, Dogar maintained, was an honest and upright person and he believed in the supremacy of the law.
He also quoted the prime minister as saying that as an elected prime minister, he was the country’s chief executive.
“At the moment, no notification has been issued for the appointment of the incoming ISI chief,” he said.
Meanwhile, during press conference Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that the authority to appoint the new Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence lies with the Prime Minister.
Fawad Chaudhry said that the Prime Minister and the military leadership are on the same page over the appointment of the new DG ISI.
“The Prime Minister and the army chief Qamar Bajwa had a long meeting last night. Gen Bajwa and the Prime Minister have an extremely close and positive relationship,” the information minister said.
Fawad Chaudhry said that the appointment will be finalised amicably. “The PM has taken the cabinet members in confidence over the matter.”
“The PM’s Office will never take a step which will jeopardise the stature of the country’s military leadership and vice versa,” the information minister said, stated that the new DG ISI would be appointed as per law.
“That authority lies with the prime minister,” Fawad Chaudhry said.
Earlier The News reported that the notification of the new DG ISI’s appointment is most likely to be issued today (Wednesday).
The sources told The News that the notification is most likely to be issued today that will be in accordance with a press release of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued on October 6.