The change of command ceremony was held at Corps Headquarters Karachi on Monday, days after the appointment of new director-general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), military said.
“Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum hands over command of Karachi Corps to Lieutenant General Muhammad Saeed,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on October 26 notified the appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem as the new ISI chief, bringing an end to not just the uncertainty surrounding the sensitive matter but also the apparent civil-military deadlock.
A notification issued by the PM’s Office last month read: “The Prime Minister has seen and approved the appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, HI (M) as Director General Inter-Services Intelligence, with effect from November 20, 2021.”
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The notification added that the incumbent spymaster, Lt Gen Faiz Hameed “shall continue to hold charge as the Director General Inter-Services Intelligence till November 19, 2021”.
Although the prime minister picked the same general, who was named as the new spymaster in October 6 press release of the military’s media wing, he has set a precedent for the appointment of the DG ISI in the future.
It was for the first time that a premier had interviewed potential candidates sent to him by the ministry of defence before the appointment of the new ISI chief.
The incoming DG ISI, as per the ISPR, was commissioned in the Light Anti-Tank Battalion of the Punjab Regiment. He has diversified experience of command, staff and instructional assignments, according to the ISPR.
He is a graduate of the Combined Arms Centre, UK; Staff College, Quetta, Advance Staff Course, UK, the NDU, Islamabad, the APCSS, USA and the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. He holds a Master’s degree from the King’s College, London and the NDU Islamabad.