New ISI chief, PM Nawaz hold first meeting

Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar on Friday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in the first such visit since his appointment as chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) earlier this month, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

During the meeting, the DG ISI and the prime minister discussed policy guidelines and internal security, sources in the PM House told DawnNews.

PM appreciated ISI's counter-terrorism role. ─Photo: PM House
PM appreciated ISI’s counter-terrorism role. ─Photo: PM House

The premier appreciated the role ISI has played in the anti-terrorism war.

Gen Mukhtar replaced Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar as head of ISI earlier in December.

The position of the ISI’s director general fell vacant after Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar was transferred to National Defence University Islam­abad as its president.

Till Dec 7, Gen Mukhtar had been serving as corps commander of Karachi. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and posted to the army’s Corps V in Sept 2014.

Prior to his stint in Karachi, he has served in ISI as head of its counter-terrorism wing. He has commanded a brigade in South Waziristan and also served in operations directorate of the army.

Naveed Mukhtar was commissioned in the Armoured Corps regiment in 1983. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College Quetta, National Defense University Islamabad and War Course USA. He had commanded a Mechanised Division.

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