Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday endorsed Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's decision to grant a one-year extension to ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.
A brief statement issued by the Prime Minister's House said Gilani had approved the summary or official proposal for extending the service of the ISI chief.
Gilani had "appointed Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha as Director General of ISI for another year with effect from the date of his retirement," the statement said.
However, sources told PTI that the Prime Minister's action was merely a formality as the powerful army chief had already granted an extension to Pasha on Tuesday.
During a recent interaction with senior Pakistani journalists, Kayani had even said that he could grant such an extension without referring the matter to the Prime Minister or the government.
Media reports quoted military sources as confirming that Kayani had given the ISI chief a one-year extension ahead of his retirement on March 18.
Senior officials also told the media that after extending Pash's service, Kayani informed the Prime Minister "that he wants Lt Gen Pasha to continue as the Director General of ISI."