The Pakistan Army Sunday appointed Lt Gen Faiz Hameed as the chief of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, replacing current spymaster Lt General Asim Munir after a brief stint of eight months.
Hameed has previously served as the head of the Counter Intelligence wing of the ISI. On April 12, the Pakistan Army had promoted then-Major General Hameed to the rank of Lt Gen and appointed him Adjutant General at the General Headquarters (GHQ) later that month.
Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza has now been appointed as the Adjutant General, Lt. Gen Amir Abbasi the quartermaster at the GHQ, and Lt. Gen Moazzam Ejaz the engineer-in-chief at the GHQ.
Lt Gen Munir was appointed as Corps Commander Gujranwala. His eight-month stint as the ISI chief was probably one of the shortest among those who had served this office.
“The sudden replacement of DG ISI Asim Munir, barely eight months into his tenure and replacement with Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, is intriguing,” Tilak Devasher, member, National Security Advisory Board, was quoted as saying by Economic Times.
“Even though Hameed is from the Baloch regiment, the same as army chief General Bajwa, there is clearly more than meets the eye,” Devasher said.
“Asim Munir had served under Gen Bajwa when the latter was corps commander, X Corps, and the former was force commander, northern areas. Bajwa had hand-picked Munir to succeed Lt General Naveed Mukhtar, who retired in October 2018. Possibly, the ham-handed manner in which the Pashtun protests have been dealt with could be a reason for his shifting,” he added.