Meet ISI Chief – Ahmad Shuja Pasha

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 Army’s operations in the North-West Frontier Province 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. 

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. 

From 2001-2002, General Pasha also served as a Contingent and Sector Commander with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone.  In this position, he was responsible for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former rebel groups.

Tensions Rise
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 visit has not 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)

2 Responses to "Meet ISI Chief – Ahmad Shuja Pasha"

  1. SRINIVAS   December 4, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    SI : It’s not known if the ISI was involved in the attacks in Mumbai.

    It is not known if Saudi or Pakis or Bin Laden was involved in 9/11 or the London Bombings or those bombings in the American Embassies across the world ….and all those which are going to take place in the future all over the world ….

    Nobody knows just happens …somehow they all originate from Pakistan …but again parts of Pakistan are not in the control of the govt …so they are non-state actors …..

    people never run out of excuses to support terrorists ….

    If countries dont unite and fight terrorism …but keeping fighting amongst themselves ..debating ..arguing and playing around with words …because they have a axe to grind with Pakistan or they need Saudi Oil .. they all will learn it the hard way …

    China has a province full of Muslims where its facing a issue and for Russia ..its Chechnya …so even they will have to face this Paki-Saudi and other Islamic gangs one day …they can ally with them today to counter US and India …but they will get it back from their allies

  2. Khanson   January 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    ISI of Pakistan has played major roles for the benefits of Pakistan but heineous crime of Mumbai Terror Attack is not the ISI style of functionality.

    The Mumbai attacks are probably perpetrated by disgruntled elements within Lashkar Toyyeba (LT) who wanted an accomplishment to appease anti-Indian sentiments due to Indian presence in Afghanistan and Kashmir. It will be unfair to say ISI had offically known the plot but an ISI mole in LT could have closed his eyes without informing or communicating with ISI administartion.

    There is another possibility of nexus between the India based underworld and the elements of Lashkar who could have jointly planned and executed to get the positive attention ISI for their positive attention. If that was the case, they have failed miserably because ISI would never risk a conventional war with India.

    On the whole, ISI has found itself in gray area and they would do utmost to clear ISI name with Mumbai Terror Attacks.

    It will be the interest of India to claim and blame ISI for the “Mumbai Attacks”. Such a blame game would be palatable to voters in India. But in reality, India should forge unity of its diverse people to fight against terrorism. Especially, India should equal rights to all religious denominations with particular emphasis upon Muslim community. Muslim youths of India could be attracted to militants because of Babri demolition, communal riots against Muslims and because of high unemployment rate in the Muslim India community.

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