09 Oct 17/Monday
Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, the former director general of the country’s premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has confirmed that army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has accepted his request for premature retirement citing ‘pressing personal commitments’. Lieutenant General Akhtar is expected to join the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT). The corps commander of Karachi, Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar is probably the next ISI chief.
There’s more to this than meets the eye. Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar took charge of ISI in November 2014 and the appointment of ISI chief is normally for a three-year period. It appears that Pakistan is under tremendous international pressure to snip its terror links else it would face international isolation. This is causing turmoil within GHQ whose ideologies are conflicting with many of their politicians. As seen in the past individuals (govt/army) who don’t suit to be a part of a particular design are either expelled or reduced to nobody. The story of Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar is no different and sooner or later the dirty linen would be washed in public, exposing Pakistan’s Army/ISI’s degeneracy. Pakistan’s population may face the heat with the cracking up of its govt-army which is ongoing for a long time now. However, what may be hard to digest for the Pakistani populace is their boisterous Army/ISI kneeling down before US.