ISI chief appointment issue to be resolved by Friday: Sheikh Rasheed

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said that the issues relating to the appointment of the new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director-general will be resolved by next Friday (October 22).

Talking to journalists in Islamabad on Saturday, Sheikh Rasheed said that there was no rift between the government and the establishment over the issue of critical appointments.

Rejecting speculations about any rifts, the interior minister said, “Some elements are deliberately trying to make sensitive institutions controversial, but they will fail miserably.”

“The country’s enemies will fail to fulfill their wishes,” he said.

There is no threat to political government, he said, adding that things were moving in the right direction.

The interior minister said all issues related to the appointment of the ISI chief have been settled to the mutual satisfaction of the army and the Prime Minister’s Office.

“I had also met COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is also comfortable with the way the situation has been resolved,” he said, assuring that the issue will be resolved by next Friday. The announcement, Rasheed said, could even be made earlier than that.

The interior minister said that on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Eid Miladun Nabi will be celebrated in a grand manner across the country with religious fervour and respect.

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