Appointment of new ISI chief signals Pakistan Army’s hardening stance


The appointment of Lt General Faiz Hameed as the new chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), cutting short the tenure of the incumbent, Lt General Asim Munir, signals a hardening of stance on the part of the Pakistan Army which may impact the country’s policy, its prime minister Imran Khan’s appeal for peace talks notwithstanding.

Hameed, who was the head of the intelligence agency’s internal security wing, was appointed as the head of the ISI in a late-night development on Sunday. Seen as a hugely influential and a “very hard-line” figure, Hameed was among the officials who brokered the Faizabad agreement in late 2017, when protesters blocked roads into capital Islamabad, in an incident that exacerbated tensions between Pakistan’s civilian leadership and military establishment.   Read More

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