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Pictures of ISI Chief’s rare appearance at funeral of martyred CTD officers go viral

The funeral was the second public appearance of DG ISI Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum since he assumed charge on 20 November 2021.

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Pictures of Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) Lt General Nadeem Anjum’s rare appearance at a funeral for martyred officers are going viral on social media.

Wednesday, the funeral prayers of two martyred officers of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) took place. The two officers were gunned down by unidentified assailants in Khanewal city of Punjab province. The incident took place at a hotel in Khanewal city, wherein unidentified assailants opened fire at two officers, killing them on the spot.

DG ISI Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, Inspector General of Police Aamir Zulfiqar, and other military and civil officials attended the funeral prayers of Director Naveed Sadiq, recipient of Sitara-e-Shujaat, and Inspector Nasir Abbas.

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DG ISI Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum led the funeral prayers. He also shouldered the coffins and was also seen consoling the children of the martyred officers. The pictures from the funeral are going viral on social media.

Pertinent to mention that it is the second public appearance of the ISI head since he assumed charge on 20 November 2021. Previously, he appeared in a press conference along with then DG ISPR Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar. As a result, DG ISI making a rare appearance at the funeral has gained traction.

“DG ISI Lt General Nadeem Anjum makes a rare appearance at the funeral of two intelligence officials. The symbolism is noteworthy. DG I and other ISI officials are generally in civil attire. But at the funeral, DG ISI is seen wearing a military uniform, signaling war against militancy,” journalist Salman Masood noted.

In a statement, Additional Inspector-General of Police (AIGP) Shahzad Sultan vowed to arrest the suspect involved in the killings. Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Pervaiz Elahi sought a report from the Punjab Inspector-General. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the attack was condemnable, also seeking reports from the IG as well as the chief secretary.

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