New Interservice Intelligence Service (ISI) Chief Lieutenant-General Nadeem Anjum has ordered Pakistani authorities not to release his footage or video footage to the media, according to a report released today.
Lt. Gen. Anjum was appointed ISI Director General (CEO) last month after a long standoff between Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders.
He replaced Lieutenant-General Faiz Hameed, whose footage of a conversation with a journalist in Kabul during the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August this year had gone viral.
Pakistan’s National Security Committee on Monday approved the country’s first-ever national security policy.
The high-level meeting also took place in the presence of the ISI Director General.
However, photos and video recording of the meeting released by the Pakistani government showed all other senior officials except the ISI chief, The News International reported.
A federal minister told the newspaper that the ISI chief had asked government officials not to release any photos or video footage of the meetings he attended.
This is also the reason why there are no photos of Lt. Gen. Anjum in the media since his appointment, according to the report.
According to Lt. Gen. Amjad Shoaib (retired), a former Pakistani official, the basic principle of the intelligence services is to stay away from the media and to remain anonymous.
However, he maintained that there have been several cases in the past where this principle has been violated by government authorities, according to the report.
He cited the example of the war in Afghanistan, when photos of General Hameed Gul and General Javed Nasir, then head of the ISI, were released to the media.
He added that when he was promoted and assigned to the post of GOC Quetta, then army chief General Abdul Waheed Kakar advised him to stay away from the media.
Major General Ejaz Awan (retired), who has also served in the ISI in the past, said the new ISI chief appears to be following the pattern of doing his job without being publicized.