Opposition leader in the National Assembly (NA) and senior member of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that it would be considered as a deal with the government if the Pakistan People’s Party-led government extends the contract of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha for a third term.
Addressing a news conference, the opposition leader said a possible extension would also make a case for government’s indictment, saying there were a lot of competent generals who are capable of filling this post. He hoped that the army itself will devise a strategy to replace the serving head of the ISI.
He observed, “During Pasha’s service, Pakistan witnessed massive intelligence failures such as the raid in Abbottabad; the Mumbai tragedy; the attack on Mehran Base Karachi; the Memogate scandal and NATO air strike on the Salala check post”.
He said it was unfortunate that despite all this, Pasha claimed that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stopped him from resigning his post, which was strange for the nation.
Chaudhry Nisar further said that other competent generals should be given a chance to run the intelligence network. He asked the PPP not to extend the contract of Ahmed Shuja Pasha for another term.
The opposition leader asserted that the PML-N will table a resolution in the National Assembly by the next week to resolve the issue of missing persons. Lashing out at the intelligence agencies of the country, he said their inefficiency created problems in handling the issue of mission persons.
The PML-N was also working on a draft to control the role of spy networks that will be submitted in the house at the earliest.
In his view, it was the same army that leveled severe allegations on rulers over the infamous memogate scandal. Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani also accused the military establishment of hiding Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, he added.
The senior politician informed the media they would launch protest if extension was given to Ahmed Shuja Pasha for the third consecutive term.