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Inter Services Intelligence ISI

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The Directorate General for Inter-Services Intelligence or Inter-Services Intelligence is the premier intelligence service of Pakistan, operationally responsible for providing critical national security and intelligence assessment to the Government of Pakistan. The ISI is the largest of the five intelligence services of Pakistan, the others being the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Military Intelligence (MI), Naval Intelligence (NI) and Air Intelligence (AI). In the late 20th century, the ISI’s work and activities in relation to Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet Union during the Soviet–Afghan War in then-communist Afghanistan became quite famous. During this war, ISI worked in close coordination with the Central Intelligence Agency; the latter providing strategic support and intelligence to the Afghan Taliban against the Northern Alliance in the civil war in Afghanistan in the 1990s.

Brief History:

The ISI was established as an independent intelligence service in 1948 in order to strengthen the sharing of military intelligence between the three branches of Pakistan Armed Forces in the aftermath of the Indo-Pak War of 1947, which had exposed weaknesses in intelligence gathering, sharing and coordination between the Army, Air Force, and Navy. Since the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the agency has been headed by a three-star general officer of the Pakistan Army, being the biggest segment of Pakistan armed forces. The agency includes officers from all three branches of the Pakistan Armed Forces; Pak Army, Pak Air force, Pak Navy and a large number of civilian officers.

The Chief of Army Staff recommends three names of general officers to the prime minister for selection and confirmation of Director General ISI. On 12 December 2016, Lieutenant General Mukhtar was appointed to the post of Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence by the Prime Minister of Pakistan as per set procedure. Mukhtar possesses vast experience in the field of intelligence. Earlier, he had also headed the counterterrorism wing of the ISI in Islamabad. The ISI has headquarters in Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Venue. It was ranked as the top intelligence agency in the world in 2011 by the International Business Times.

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MUMTAZ QADRI

RAWALPINDI: Mumtaz Qadri, an Elite Force commando convicted of killing former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was executed at the Adiala Jail at around 4.30am on Monday, police said.

Qadri shot Taseer 28 times in broad daylight in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market on January 4, 2011. He was sentenced to death for assassinating Taseer on Oct 1 the same year.

 

Qadri said he killed Taseer over what he called the politician’s vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country.

MUMTAZ QADRI
MUMTAZ QADRI

His mercy appeal was rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain.

“I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adialia jail early Monday morning,” senior local police official Sajjid Gondal told AFP.

A prison official confirmed the execution of Qadri.

Related: Qadri confesses killing Taseer, says he acted alone

Cries were heard from inside Qadri’s house as hundreds of men and women gathered, and mosques could be heard broadcasting news of the execution, an AFP reporter there said.

“I have no regrets,” Qadri’s brother Malik Abid told AFP, tears rolling down his cheeks.

He said the family had been called to the prison Sunday evening by officials who said Qadri was unwell.

But when they arrived, he greeted them with the news that authorities had deceived them, and that his execution was imminent.

“We started crying, but he hugged us,” Abid said.

Two weeks after Taseer was killed, the only Christian minister in the federal cabinet, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down in Islamabad. He too was a critic of the blasphemy laws.

In August 2011, Taseer’s son was kidnapped from his car in Lahore. Shahbaz Taseer’s wherabouts remain untraced.

Strict security measures were taken in wake of Qadri’s execution.—DawnNews

Strict security measures were taken within the jail premises and a heavy contingent of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) personnel were deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

All routes leading to the Adiala Jail were sealed. LEAs personnel were also deployed across the city in view of agitation and protests.

The body of Mumtaz Qadri was handed over to his family members and was moved from the jail under tight security cover.

Qadri’s last meeting with his family was arranged late on Sunday night.

Qadri’s sentencing and appeals
An anti-terrorism court here sentenced Qadri to death on two counts for murder and terrorism in Oct, 2011.

In a 40-page statement submitted to the court, Qadri said at the time Taseer’s statements in support of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, had provoked him to kill the governor.

Profile: Salman Taseer

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in October last year maintained the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri by an Anti Terrorism Court, overturning Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) March 9 verdict, which had dismissed Qadri’s appeal against his death sentence under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) but accepted his plea to void the Anti Terrorism Act’s (ATA) Section 7.

The government had approached the apex court for including the terrorism charges as a second offence in the punishment.

The court warned at the time that in Islam a false accusation can be as serious as the blasphemy itself, and that calls for blasphemy law reform “ought not to be mistaken as a call for doing away with that law”.

The Supreme Court dismissed Qadri’s review petition against his death sentence in December last year, with the judge heading the bench observing that the petition could neither establish errors floating in the judgment nor blasphemy cha­rges against the former governor.

The trial and appeals process in Taseer murder case lasted four years.

Governor Taseer’s killing was the most high-profile political assassination since former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was murdered in a gun-and-suicide attack on a Rawalpindi election rally in Dec 2007.

Reaction to hanging
Protests were recorded in most major towns of the country against Qadri’s execution, with busy routes including the Islamabad Express Highway, Islamabad-Lahore Motorway (M- 2) and GT Road partially or fully blocked due to demonstrations.

Demonstrations were reported from several areas in twin cities.—DawnNews

Dozens of Rangers and police in riot gear as well as ambulances were stationed outside Qadri’s home in Rawalpindi early Monday, an AFP reporter there said.

Metro bus service in Islamabad was also suspended as protestors occupied the bus track.

The Islamabad Bar Council made a strike call in protest against the hanging.

Traffic disruption due to protests was reported from some Karachi areas, with Malir 15 flyover, National Highway Karachi and Hub River road leading to Balochistan blocked.

Protesters torched tyres against Qadri’s hanging in Hyderabad.

Shops and business centres were shut in a town in Nindo Shaher, a town in Sindh’s Badin district on a call of different religious parties to lodge protest against Qadri’s hanging. Strict security measures have been made in all towns of the district.

The proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) carried out a protest demonstration and chanted anti-government slogans in Muzaffarabad against Qadri’s execution.

Meanwhile, as two journalists were travelling to Karachi’s Malir area to cover a protest there, the protesters pulled the cameraman out of the car and beat him up. They also damaged the camera and the vehicle.

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Inspector Jamshed (Fiction Hero)

Inspector Jamshed is a very intelligent and machismatic  hero character  in Fiction novels of Ishtiaq Ahmed‘s very popular series of Inspector Jamshed Series. He was an expert in makeup skills to disguise and mingle among enemies like SEEMOON.

People of Pakistan are very fond of entire Jamshed series especially those people which like to read action and fiction novels. Some of very popular novels’s title pages are included in this post to give some glimpse of  the golden memories:

Khaufnaak Ilzam

Langri Sazish

Jee Moof ki wapsi

Bamtaali ka maidaan

Bay tukki wardaten

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Captain Asfandyar Ahmad Bokhari

ATTOCK: Captain Asfandyar Ahmad Bokhari who was killed in the PAF Camp Badhber operation earlier today belonged to Attock. He was part of QRF (Quick Response Force) and embraced martyrdom while fighting/leading from the front .He was awarded “Sword Of Honour” after the completion of his training at Kakul in Oct 2008.

CAPT ISPHANDYAR BOKHARI
CAPT ISPHANDYAR BOKHARI

He passed his secondary school education from Fauji Foundation School Attock and joined Cadet College Hassanabdal from where he did his FSC and later joined the Pak Army. He was the eldest son of Dr. Fayyaz Bokhari. Out of his two brothers, Shehryar Bokhari is abroad for higher education while Ehsan Bokhari, the youngest is a student of MBBS.

Asfandyar, as per his friends and teachers, from the very beginning was fond of joining the Pak Army and would talk of ridding his country of the terrorists who are great hurdle in the development of Pakistan.

His friend and class fellow Syed Hussain Naqvi, while talking to this scribe said that last time, during a chat Capt Asfandyar told him that soon you will see that Asfandyar will be fighting directly with the terrorists and said that he will play hell with them and he proved it well while fighting in Badhber against the terrorits.

Hussain Raza said that Asfandyar was a brave , valiant and down to earth human being. Tanzeela Ashfaq Chaudhry, a teacher of Asfandyar, while talking to this scribe said that Asfandyar was an intelligent , outstanding and obedient student. he was man of character and was brave boy. He will be laid to rest in Attock this evening with full military honour. His father, during a brief talk with this scribe, said that he was proud of his son who sacrificed his life for his motherland.

Courtesy: http://nation.com.pk/national/18-Sep-2015/captain-asfandyar-bokhari-was-brave-valiant-and-down-to-earth

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FATAH E SABUNA – MAJOR SHABBIR SHARIF SHAEED

Major Shabbir Sharif, also known as Rana Shabbir Sharif and Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (28 April 1943 – 6 December 1971), was a Pakistani Army officer.

He was born on 28 April 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District to Major Muhammad Sharif and belonged to a Punjabi Rajput family.Completed his Matric from St. Anthony’s High School, Lahore and while he was at Government College Lahorethat he received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul.

He was commissioned in Pakistan Army on 19 April 1964 and after successfully completing his training, including a receipt of Sword of Honor, he was posted to the 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment.

The General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi launched an attack on India from the western front (West Pakistan) on 3 December 1971. The primary purpose of the attack was to force India on transferring their military strength in East Pakistan to the West, easing pressure on the East. While the Pakistani attack commenced in the localities of Azad Kashmir, Chamb, Sulemanki, the area inclusive and surrounding Shakargarh (Pakistan) and Rahim Yar Khan, was to be defended. During a defensive posture, the army in this area was supposed to facilitate the launch of the Army Reserves, a 5 Division strong section of the Pakistan Army which was commanded by Lt. Gen. Tikka Khan. Even at Solemanki, two companies (100 men each) of 6 Frontier Force, one commanded by Sharif, were initially supposed to make the attack by the Army Reserves possible by making sure that a certain obstacle was removed.

The obstacle was created by India to prevent Pakistani forces from penetrating into Indian territory. They had created an artificial ridge (small mountain), steep on the Pakistani side, but with a low inclination towards the Indian side. Result being that the Indians could get an aerial advantage over Pakistan. In front of the ridge on the Pakistani side, there was also a river dug up. There were only two bridges which were making any vehicular movement across the river/ridge possible and India was controlling them both. Inside the ridge there were camouflaged cemented bunkers which would enable the Indians to fire on any Pakistani troops. The ridge was called Saboona Ridge, and the bridge attacked was called Gurmakhera Bridge.

On 3rd Dec 1971, in a well-organised action, he along with his men fought valiantly and held Indian attack at bay. He cleared the Jhangar post with utmost courage by fearlessly passing through the minefield laid by enemy and swimming across ‘Sabuna distributary’, under intense enemy fire and led his company on high bund.:pakistan:

Digging of new bunkers, this time on the opposite side of the ridge than the one facing Pakistan also began simultaneously. It was at that time that an old man’s voice was heard from a distance. “We need to go back to Gurmakhera village. The Muslims have attacked Beriwala.” Shabbir went closer to the old man. The man could not recognize the Pakistani army uniform due to the darkness. He believed he was talking to an Indian soldier. “I brought my son’s barat (wedding procession) to Beriwala in the afternoon. The Muslims have captured the village. We had to run during the rukhsati (last ritual of the wedding).” “Don’t you know that there is a war going on?” Shabbir asked in Punjabi. “This is a silly time to have a wedding, that too when you are so close to the border.” “Please protect us. I have a whole procession with me here. Even the girl’s family is here. We need to get back to our village. The Muslims are coming in this direction.” Sharif decided not to waste time, or unnecessarily panic the old fellow. “We will take care of the Muslims. You hurry up and get all your people across. And listen to the radio more frequently for any important announcements.” He then called alerted all of his people manning the positions at the bridge that a wedding procession was going to be passing through, and there should be no fire on it. While the procession was crossing over the ridge, a soldier asked Sharif: “Sir. These people are legitimate POWs. Why are we letting them cross?” Shabbir smiled. “Have a heart soldier. This is the happiest day of their lives. Let’s not make them spend it inside a cell.

The enemy launched several counter attacks to take back their position but he proudly stood the ground and repulsed more than 15 attacks and inflicted heavy losses to the enemy. On the night 5/6 Dec during one of the attacks Major Shabbir Sharif jumped out of his trench, got hold of Indian Company Commander Major Narain Singh of 4 Jat Regiment and killed him single handedly in a hand to hand fight. Valuable information was obtained from the documents recovered from the pockets of Indian Major.

On the afternoon of 6 Dec 71 enemy launched yet another counter attack preceded by air strike and heavy artillery shelling, Major Shabbir Sharif took over the duty of the gunner from his crew and started firing on the enemy tanks. While this fight was on, one of the enemy tank fired at him which proved fatal and resulted into Shahadat of Major Shabbir Sharif. Thus Pakistan Army lost one of its outstanding young officer who fondly came to be known as ‘Superman’ by his colleagues and superiors alike.

He is the only person ever who received both the Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery. He is nephew of another Nishan-e-Haider holder Raja Aziz Bhatti. Rana Shabbir Sharif is the elder brother of sitting Chief of the Army Staff of Pakistan General Raheel Sharif.

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