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PM Imran may interview all candidates for post of DG ISI: news report

14 اکتوبر 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan has the right to appoint the DG ISI. Asia Society
Prime Minister Imran Khan has the right to appoint the DG ISI. Asia Society

Prime Minister Imran Khan may decide to interview the nominees for DG ISI before issuing a notification according to a report in The News on Thursday.

In his story, Ansar Abbasi quotes a source in the ministry familiar with the situation saying that all the processes will be followed regarding the appointment of the new DG ISI, whose hiring is decided by the prime minister. The source "hinted" that Lt Gen Nadeem, the Karachi corps commander, is still the most likely choice for the post.

The country has been gripped in wild speculations and theories since the appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum was announced by the ISPR last week. The notification for this appointment, however, was to come from the prime minister's office and when it didn't, social media became ablaze with theories that the civilian and military administration was no longer on the same page -- a popular phrase used to indicate the harmony between the two players.

A press conference by information minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday confirmed the matter had not been resolved and its resolution lay, it seems, in adhering to the proper procedure. On Wednesday he said the consultation between Chief of Army Staff and PM Khan for the appointment had been complete.

A new notification has been sent to the prime minister for his approval and Abbasi's story quotes the source as saying they were "sure that there would be no more hiccups involved."