18 Sep 2017/Monday Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is the appointing authority of all intelligence chiefs, has approved the proposal for apponting more civilians in the senior hierarchy in the Pakistan’s powerful spy agency – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The number of directors general (DGs), the highest civilian post in the Pakistan’s spy agency ISI has been increased from one to four. Previously, there was only one civilian DG post in the intelligence agency. According to the office order issued by the PM Office on September 15, “the prime minister has seen and is pleased to approve the proposal at para 5 read with the views of Establishment Division. and of the Finance Division.” The office order titled: “Revised establishment – Defense Intelligence Service (DIS) Cadre Of Directorate General ISI” was signed by the Prime Minister’s Secretary, Fawad Hassan Fawad, and was circulated to the Establishment Division Secretary, Mian Asad Hayauddin, the finance ministry and the defense secretary.
The decision is being seen as an attempt by the civilian government of Pakistan to reduce the influence of Army in the affairs of ISI and tighten the grip on the functioning of the spy agency, which has the tendency to function beyond its mandate.