Pakistan replaces ISI chief, appoints Hardliner Lt Gen Faiz Hameed as its new head

Islamabad | In a surprising replacement, Pakistan on Sunday removed the chief of the Inter-service Intelligence Agency (ISI) Lieutenant General Asim Munir.

According to a statement issued by Military press wing, Asim Munir who was appointed eight months earlier as the Chief of the powerful ISI for a period of three years will be replaced Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed.

In a report published in Reuters, the newly appointed Faiz Hameed was highly influential with the ISI during his previous tenure. He was one of the figures who brokered the Faizabad agreement in late 2017, when protesters blocked off roads into capital Islamabad, in an incident that further stoked civilian-military tensions.

Quoting Analyst Ayesha Siddiqa Reuters wrote, ” Hameed is very hardline, It’s a very hawkish decision. It means the military is not backing down, and it’s going to use more force.”

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