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General Raheel Sharif’s confidant is ISI chief

Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar
( September 23, 2014, Islamabad, Sri Lanka Guardian) Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, a close confidant of Pakistan’s Army Chief, was on Monday named the new head of the powerful spy agency ISI, enhancing the military’s clout over the embattled government facing protests.

Akhtar was promoted to three-star general and appointed director-general, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), as part of a major reshuffle in the military, a development that would help Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif consolidate his powers amid political instability in the country.

Lt. Gen. Akhtar will take over from October 1 when the current ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam, retires along with four other lieutenant-generals.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave his approval to the posting on the recommendation of Gen. Sharif.

Earlier, it was reported that Major General Naveed Mukhtar was also in the running for the top spy job. ( PTI)

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