ISI Chief to get his second extension

Pak ISI Chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha is set to get an extension in service.

Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 19:13 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s ISI Chief Lt Gen
Ahmed Shuja Pasha is set to get an extension in service, the
country`s Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar confirmed
on Saturday.

Pasha, a close confidant of Army chief Gen Ashfaq
Parvez Kayani, is to retire next week.

Asked by reporters if Pasha is being given an
extension, Mukhtar, who is also a senior leader of the ruling
Pakistan People`s Party, said: "Yes, it is being given."

But the minister did not spell out the duration of the
extension. Media reports had said that Pasha is likely to get
a two-year extension tenure.

Responding to a query on whether Pasha would remain in
service till 2013, Mukhtar said, "He is being given an
extension according to the requirement."

This would be a second extention for the ISI chief who
was earlier given a year-long extended tenure.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani last year announced
an unprecedented three-year extension for Kayani.

PTI