Pakistan army has its way PM notifies appointment of Lt Gen Anjum as ISI chief
Pakistan PM Imran Khan notified on Tuesday the appointment of Lt General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as the new chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), paving the way for the implementation of the early decision taken by the country's army chief regarding the nomination of the new spymaster. He will replace Lt General Faiz Hameed from next month. The appointment comes after nearly three weeks of an alleged standoff between the military and the government over the appointment of Pakistan's new ISI director-general. On October 6, the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had reshuffled the top military hierarchy, transferring ISI's outgoing chief, Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, to Peshawar as corps commander and appointing the Karachi corps commander, Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum, as the ISI chief. Khan's reluctance to notify Anjum's appointment had strained the relationship between Pakistan's civilian and military leaderships and prompted the ministry of defence to send a fresh summary to the PM regarding the appointment of the spymaster.