Pakistan’s new spy chief starts this month


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 12 (UPI) — Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam, the new head of Pakistan's spy agency — known as Inter-services Intelligence — takes up his post next Sunday.

Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the appointment of Islam as director general of ISI last week, ending speculation over the past month about who would lead the agency that monitors international threats to Pakistan.

ISI operates alongside the internal intelligence agency, the Intelligence Bureau, set up after independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, although it had operated as part of the British Raj intelligence network before partition..

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