Pakistan gets new ISI chief, air chief (Lead)

March 19th, 2012 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 19 (IANS) Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam assumed charge as the new chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Monday, a day when the Pakistan Air Force too got a new head.

Islam was earlier the Karachi Corps commander, Geo News reported.

He succeeds Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha who retired Sunday. Pasha was a close confidant of the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt Monday took over as the new air chief.

He succeeds Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Geo News reported.

Butt was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force on graduating from the PAF Academy, Risalpur in March, 1977.

He has flown various types of fighters and training aircraft in the PAF Inventory and is a qualified flying instructor.

Before taking over his new assignment, Butt was the PAF vice chief.

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