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Imran Khan calls spy agency ISI Pakistan’s ‘first line of defence’

world Updated: Sep 13, 2018 17:29 IST
Sajjad Hussain
Sajjad Hussain
PTI, Islamabad
ISI,Imran Khan,Inter Services Intelligence

Imran Khan visits headquarters of spy agency ISI.(AP file photo)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) the country’s “first line of defence” when he visited the headquarters of the powerful spy agency in Islamabad for the first time after assuming power.

Senior ISI officials on Wednesday briefed Khan and his senior Cabinet ministers on intelligence and national security matters, an official statement said.

“The Prime Minister lauded contributions of the ISI towards national security especially in the ongoing counter terrorism effort. The Prime Minister said that the ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as best intelligence agency of the world,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the military.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI director general Lt Gen. Naveed Mukhtar received Khan on his arrival at the HQ.

Khan, who was sworn-in as the 22nd Prime Minister on August 18, has already visited the General Headquarters of Pakistan Army twice – first to get an in-depth briefing on the internal security and geo-strategic situation and then to attend the Defence and Martyrs Day ceremony on September 6.

Khan has been accused by his critics of being the security establishment’s man.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party has accused him of reaching the Prime Minister House through the support of the powerful security establishment.

Khan told ISI officials that his government and the people of Pakistan firmly stood behind the armed forces and intelligence agencies and acknowledged the “unprecedented achievements” of these institutions, said the ISPR statement.

First Published: Sep 13, 2018 17:29 IST