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Pak opposition leader warns govt. against extending 'failed' DG ISI Pasha's tenure

Islamabad, Thu, 01 Mar 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Mar 1(ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior member and Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has warned the federal government against extending Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general, Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha's tenure for a third time.


"There are a lot of competent generals who are capable for this post and I hope that the Army would devise a strategy on who should replace Pasha," The Express Tribune quoted Nisar Chaudhry, as saying.


He said that the civilian society along with the PML-N would protest against a possible extension for Pasha, adding that a competent and capable army general should replace him.


PML-N sources said that the party leadership had received a message from the government and Army that Pasha may be awarded an extension for the third time.


Nisar hit out at the intelligence agency's dubious role in various activities, including the missing persons cases and allegedly promoting political parties.


He believes Pasha's record speaks volumes about his failure as the chief of ISI.


"During Pasha's tenure, the nation witnessed massive intelligence failures like the Abbottabad raid, Mumbai tragedy (India), PNS Mehran Base attack, Memogate and the Nato attack on the Salala Checkpost," he said.


"It was unfortunate that despite all this, according to Pasha, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani has repeatedly stopped him from resigning, which is strange," he added.


Nisar said that the PML-N was collecting evidence and working on documents to present in the Supreme Court regarding the ISI's involvement in 'promoting' Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. (ANI)


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