ISI authorized to scrutinize public office holders: PM Shehbaz decision is beyond comprehension

Prime Minister Main Shahbaz Sharif has issued a notification directing the country's intelligence agency ISI to act as a waiting agency for civil officers.

PM's decision

The notification states that the ISI will scrutinize all public office holders who will be required for the commencement of their service ie at the time of recruitment, appointment transfer & promotion to sensitive positions.

ISI authorized to scrutinize public office holders

The Inter Services Intelligence Agency ISI already does this for military officers & all personnel working under the Ministry of Defense.

The waiting area of ​​the ISI is called the SVA the Special Waiting Agency.

The 8101 SVA Form in the Army is filled up at the time of any promotion, transfer, or even an interview in which details related to education, past appointments including details of concerned personnel, their families are recorded. This form is pasted in the files prepared by ISI and this record is provided to the relevant form at every development and exchange.

ISI authorized to scrutinize public office holders

ISI authorized to scrutinize public office holders

However as far as the military personnel are concerned, the role of ISI has always been the same.

Prior to this IB Intelligence Bureau and SB Special Branch at the provincial level were regularly collecting intelligence information about civil officers.

The primary function is to collect and verify data, but also to gather information on the person's financial integrity, political affiliation overseas contacts and role.

In addition, if other agencies had important information about any officer such as their wealth or foreign relations they would share it with the IB or the relevant authority.

Speaking to the British news Naveed Elahi, former deputy director general of the Intelligence Bureau said that the decision of the Prime Minister was very disappointing and that it had given the impression to the IB officials themselves that their work and the institution were ineffective. Has been tried.

This is an unnecessary step and the wrong message has been sent to the civil society," he said.

IB has been working very effectively and still does. This is wrong, it will weaken civil society it will lead to unnecessary military intervention & it will create divisions. The ISI approach to gathering other information is different from that of the IB.

He also blamed the Prime Minister & IB chief for the decision.

He said, “In recent times, the DG IB has generally been at the behest of the Principal Secretaries and the understanding of the Prime Minister's Agency has been declining. There was a time when the DG IB went directly to the Prime Minister Office. Used to arrive This is not happening now. He says the ISI is strong in terms of resources but the IB approach is much better when it comes to gathering information.

However, the ISPR says that this is a government decision and they can give a better opinion as to why they did it. The government spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

It should be noted that ISI primary responsibility is to ensure the practical and ideological security of the country's armed forces as evidenced by its name, Inter Services Intelligence. Civilians also hold high positions in the ISI, but they do not dominate the organization's organizational structure.

Is PM decision really a blow to civil supremacy?

Defense analyst Lieutenant General retd Amjad Shoaib of the Pakistan Army says that in the context of security, this is not a bad step, but military intervention will clearly be considered.

"If the government had asked the ISI to wait for someone, they would have done so, or if they had any information, they would have shared it with the relevant authorities but the agency did not have such formal authority he said. But now it will be a regular feature, the names of these civil officers for appointment or promotion to every sensitive or senior post will be sent to ISI & the agency will clear them and then they will be appointed.

From a security standpoint, this is not a bad thing, for example if you find people in important and sensitive positions who have no outside ties or interests, but it will not make a good impression in civil circles he said. And it will be said that this authority has gone to the army and if the military does not like anyone then it will not be clear and the bureaucracy will think that they have an extra check and interference.

On the other hand Naveed Elahi also agrees with this and says that despite the existence of formal procedures in IB & SB civil supremacy has been targeted. That is inter services intelligence that is, intelligence in the armed forces not their mandate. 

He went on to say that the second is that the IB is the largest civil intelligence agency that reports directly to the Prime Minister, with no ministry in between. But over the last few years, the IB chief has been in touch with his principal secretary instead of the prime minister. The IB is a very strong organization and does a much better job of gathering information than the ISI.

It should be noted that the IB also collects data at every opportunity from recruitment of civil servants to future promotions and postings.

Why did the Prime Minister need to make such a decision?

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The answer to this question has not been received from the government.

However defense analyst Amjad Shoaib believes that this may be due to the desire of Prime Minister himself and also the demand of GHQ.

Shahbaz Sharif probably wants to please the Establishment who made such a decision. But it is also possible that the GHQ itself said that the ISI should be involved in intelligence clearance when deploying officers. It is also possible that under the guise of security clearance, people who listen to the GHQ can be deployed.