Pakistan suspend move spy agencies under one root

Late last month the government issued a decree putting the ISI and its civilian cousin, the Intelligence Bureau, under the purview of the Interior Ministry.

Pakistan suspend move spy agencies under one root
Pakistan's 4-month-old civilian government has suspended a decree issued last month to put the military's powerful spy agency under Interior Ministry control, according to an official statement.

Late last month the government issued a decree putting the ISI and its civilian cousin, the Intelligence Bureau, under the purview of the Interior Ministry.

The government rolled back a day later by saying the move had been "misinterpreted". Without withdrawing the decree, it said a new, more detailed one would follow.

Late on Tuesday, it issued a statement saying the July 26 decree was now held in abeyance, pending consultations with various branches of Pakistan's intelligence network.

"The Prime Minister is pleased to direct that the federal government will carry out further deliberation on coordinating the intelligence efforts," the statement said.

The current ISI chief, Lieutenant-General Nadeem Taj, was also chosen by Musharraf.

While under law the ISI ultimately reports to the prime minister, the military directs its operations.


Reuters
Last Mod: 06 Ağustos 2008, 13:46
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