Zaheerul Islam takes office as new Spymaster
By Web Desk
Published: March 19, 2012
Lt Gen. Zaheerul Islam took charge as the new director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on Monday after former intelligence chief Lt Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha retired from the post.
Islam has earlier served as the deputy director general of the ISI as a major general. He was then promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and moved to Karachi. He is said to be a disciplined and focused officer.
Lt Gen. Pasha, who retires after having served a one-year extension in tenure granted to him in March 2011, had requested the army chief in December to relieve him of his duties as the ISI chief. Pasha, who has been accused of involvement in some political conspiracies during his tenure, served as the DG of the ISI when al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was found and killed in Abbottabad in May 2011.
Tahir Rafique Butt as new air chief
Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt also assumed his duties as the new Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday.
Butt joined PAF on March 6, 1977, as a GD pilot. He assumed the office of Vice Chief of the Air Staff on October 5, 2010. In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been decorated with Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Basalat.