Monday, former Director-General of ISI Lt-Faiz Hameed officially took charge as the Corps Commander of Peshawar. He took over the command from Lieutenant-General Nauman Mahmood.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) revealed the news in a press release earlier today. According to the ISPR statement, the change of command ceremony took place at the headquarters in Peshawar.
Lt Gen Faiz Hameed took charge after Lt Gen Nadeem officially assumed the role of the new DG ISI on November 20th. Regarding this, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a notification last month.
The notification stated that the incumbent spymaster, Lt Gen Faiz Hameed “shall continue to hold charge as the DG ISI till November 19, 2021”.
After this detailed consultative process, name of Lt..Gen. Nadeem Anjum was approved as new DG ISI.
The designate DG ISI shall assume charge on 20th November, 2021.
— Prime Minister's Office (@PakPMO) October 26, 2021
The outgoing Lt Gen Faiz Hameed paid a farewell visit to President Arif Alvi at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday.
The president appreciated the efforts and services of Lt Gen Hameed as DG ISI for the country’s security. President Alvi also expressed his best wishes for Lt Gen Hameed on his appointment as Peshawar Corps Commander.
Lt Gen Faiz Hameed’s appointment as Corps Commander
With Lt Gen Faiz Hameed serving as the Corps Commander, chances of him becoming the next Chief of Army Staff (COAS) look even more promising.
Lt Gen Faiz Hameed rose to popularity due to his earlier visit to Kabul last month when the Taliban took over. His visit to Kabul sparked great interest across the region.
Since Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan, it had to ensure peace and stability in the region for its own security. As a result, the ISI Chief held key meetings on mutual cooperation with his counterpart Najibullah.
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Owing to his repertoire speculations were rife that Lt Gen Faiz Hameed will become the next COAS. Moreover, in order to qualify for the post of COAS, a Lt General has to become a Corps Commander first.
Since Lt Gen Faiz Hameed recently became the Peshawar Corps Commander, he is eligible for the post of COAS.