The chief of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, will retire on Monday, according to a media report.
Besides the director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), four other three-star generals will retire on Monday: Peshawar Corps commander Lt Gen Nazir Ahmad Butt, commander of the army’s Strategic Forces Command Lt Gen Mian Mohammad Hilal Hussain, military secretary at the General Headquarters Lt Gen Ghayur Mehmood and inspector-general of Training and Evaluation, GHQ, Lt Gen Hidayatur Rehman, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Commissioned in the armoured corps regiment in 1983, Lt Gen Mukhtar is a graduate of the Command and Staff College, Quetta; National Defence University, Islamabad; and the United States Army War College. He assumed the office of ISI director-general on December 11, 2016.
It is expected that the Military Intelligence director-general, Maj Gen Asim Munir, will be appointed the ISI chief.
The new ISI chief will be appointed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, The Express Tribune reported.
Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday met Imran along with ISI chief Mukhtar. Usually, the army chief sends three names for the top ISI post and the Prime Minister has the authority to pick any one of them, the report added.