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Imran Khan names new ISI chief ending standoff with Pakistan Army

Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday approved the appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as the next chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, ending an unprecedented standoff on the issue with the powerful army.

The differences between Khan and the army over the appointment had resulted in speculation about the future of the government headed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. There were even fears in political circles about a change at the highest levels of the government if the army decided not to continue propping up Khan.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad said Khan had “seen and approved the appointment” of Anjum as the director-general of the ISI from November 20. It added that the current ISI chief, Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, would continue to hold the post till November 19.

The face-off between Khan and the army began when the military issued a statement to the media on October 6 naming Anjum as the next ISI chief, replacing Hameed.

Source- Hindustan Times

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