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Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has said that the term of DG ISI Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum was extended to preserve “continuity” of policy at a time when the country is dealing with an uptick in terrorist activities.

“Try to understand the point on continuity [of policy]. Any system prefers and supports the idea of continuity,” he told Arab News in an interview earlier this week in response to a query related to the extension given to the head of the country’s main intelligence agency.

The incumbent Director-General (DG) of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was due to retire, but media reports claimed that he was given an extension by the government. An official confirmation has not been made.

The last DG ISI to get an extension was Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha, whose tenure coincided with major anti-militant offensives in the country’s northwest.

The caretaker prime minister added there was an “idea of continuity” of elections in a democracy where the governments hold polls periodically.

“You want to have a continuation of the process, and for you, the continuation of that process is important so that idea or practice or brand gets entrenched,” the interim PM said. He did not share specific details of the policies the government and military wanted Lt Gen Anjum to continue to implement.

“So, in that context at times in many institutions, you do feel, or the political dispensation feels, that some individual has to continue for any security benefit or otherwise, and they [the state] have got the discretion to do that [grant extension]. There’s nothing unusual and abnormal about it.”

Lt Gen Anjum succeeded Lt Gen Faiz Hameed on November 20, 2022.

Lt Gen Anjum, who was commissioned in service in September 1988, earlier headed Corps V in Karachi.

He commanded a brigade in Kurram Agency, led Frontier Corps (North) in Balochistan, and remained commandant of Command and Staff College Quetta before becoming corps commander in Karachi in December 2020.

When asked, Kakar said that the caretaker government has got “excellent working relationship” with the military.

Security forces foil terrorist attack on Mianwali training base of PAF

“All the challenges of the government we deliberate over them and wherever we feel there is an institutional input required from that side [army], we have an open communication channel with them and we receive a lot of honest input from that and not just input from that, we receive coordination and cooperation in the enforcement part.”

Kakar added he did not want to link the rise in militancy to a possible delay in the election.

“They [militants] keep on changing their tactics, we have to respond accordingly,” the PM said. “So that’s why I’m saying that I’m not linking it [rise in attacks] or our government is not linking it with the electoral process.”


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Johnny Walker Nov 10, 2023 07:32pm
Kakar had no options.
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Blackmail .
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KU Nov 10, 2023 09:41pm
Ok...... please also ensure continuity of provisions for people to survive the present economic chaos, especially high cost of survival.
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Parvez Nov 10, 2023 11:27pm
Did he really have an option ?
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Love Your Country Nov 11, 2023 12:00am
Kakar doesn't have the authority of an elected PM. He has to follow the orders - period.
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Pakman Nov 11, 2023 04:24am
No choice given, after all the very same people selected the PM. Sadly Pak has no hope is a laggard in the comity of Nations when it comes to democracy, freedom of press, judiciary, and the economy. While India focuses the moon, our focus is Adiala, and how to keep Imran locked up.
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AK Nov 11, 2023 07:57am
@Mustafa , it could fall badly
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Adnan Nov 11, 2023 11:36am
Policy of throwing country into chaos
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