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Lt. Gen Zaheer is 18th DG ISI since 1959

By Sabir Shah
- March 09, 2012 - Updated 212 PKT - From Web Edition

LAHORE: Lieutenant General Muhammad Zaheerul Islam is the 18th Director General of the ISI since 1959, the year when this premier spy agency was first headed by Brigadier Riaz Hussain.


Interestingly, only one ISI boss--- Lt Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani—has gone on to become the Chief of the Army Staff during the last 53 years.


The 17 Pakistan Army officials, who have till date headed the ISI, are:


Brig Riaz Hussain (1959 to 1966), Major General (then Brig) Mohammad Akbar Khan (1966 to 1971), Lt General (then Major Gen) Ghulam Jilani Khan (1971 to 1978), Lt General Muhammad Riaz (1978 to 1980), Lt General Akhtar Abdur Rahman (1980 to 1987), Lt General Hamid Gul (1987 to 1989), Lt General (retd) Shamsur Rahman Kallu (1989 to 1990), Lt General Asad Durrani (1990 to 1992), Lt General Javed Nasir (1992 to May 1993), Lt General Javed Ashraf Qazi (1993 to 1995), Lt General (then Maj Gen) Nasim Rana (1995 to 1998), Lt General Ziauddin Butt (1998 to 1999), Lt General Mahmud Ahmed (October 1999 to 2001), Lt General Ehsan ul Haq (2001 to 2004), Lt General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (October 2004 to October 2007), Lt General Nadeem Taj (2007 to 2008 and Lt. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha (since September 2008).


Reader Comments
Mr.Ali, See the reality in Pakistan and pay attention to the news and to the court cases in regard to the missing people issue. Calling someone a traitor may soothe your feelings but it can't bury the reality.Be a good Pakistani like me and speak with justice for the unfortunate ones...Thanks

Faiz Khalil
Why should this position be held by a serving army general? It should be a civilian security official. This just enables the army to keep meddling in politics and civilian affairs. @Ali - So called hyper nationalists like you have helped bring Pakistan to this pathetic state.

Aftab Alam
@Faiz Khalil: Ever heard of foreign Intelligence agencies working in Pakistan? To be honest, traitors like you are the biggest threat to our country! You guys worship Americans and start blaming Pakistani Intelligence agencies for things which you cant even prove! Did Americans blame CIA after 9/11? Did Indians blame RAW after 26/11?

In whose term, More people got snatched illegally from their families and never tried in the court of law. These missing persons either ended crippled,mental,some found dead somewhere and some are still missing.

Faiz Khalil
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