ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), Pakistan’s premier intelligence service, is a name that spells terror to the pansies in India.
Indian media reports often blame ISI for the violence in Kashmir and elsewhere. But we have no way of knowing whether they are accurate.
The current director of ISI is Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha.
Prior to his appointment as ISI Chief in late September this year, Shuja Pasha was the Director General for Military Operations.
In his previous avatar as Director General for Military Operations, Shuja Pasha was responsible for Pakistan Armyâ€™s operations in the North-West Frontier ProvinceÂ and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Born in 1952, Shuja Pasha is married and has three children.
30-Plus Year Career
In October 2007 at the time of his appointment as United Nations’ Military Adviser, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the U.N. lauded General Pasha’s distinguished 30-plus year career in the Pakistani Army.Â
Shuja pasha is said to have commanded an infantry division, a mechanized infantry brigade, an infantry battalion and served as the Chief Instructor of the Command and Staff College of the Pakistani Army.Â
From 2001-2002, General Pasha also served as a Contingent and Sector Commander with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone.Â In this position, he was responsible for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former rebel groups.
As tensions between India and Pakistan now escalate in the wake of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, both Shuja Pasha and his boss Army Chief General Asfaq Parvez Kayani will be tested as never before, particularly if India were to launch military strikes against Pakistan.
After the Mumbai attack, Shuja Pasha was supposed to visit India to help in the investigation but the visitÂ has notÂ happened so far.
It’s not known if the ISI was involved in the attacks in Mumbai.
But the New York Times is reporting that former members of the Pakistan military and the ISI may have been involved in training the terrorists who attacked Mumbai recently. The ISI is also believed to have been involved in the formation of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, the nasty outfit which is now thought to be the entity behind the deadly Mumbai attacks.
(Sources: United Nations, New York Times, Wiki)