Islamabad: Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, a close confidant of Pakistan’s Army Chief, was today named the new head of the powerful spy agency ISI, enhancing the military’s clout over the embattled government facing protests. Lt Gen Akhtar was promoted as a three-star general and appointed Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as part of a major reshuffle in the military, a development that would help Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif in consolidating his powers amid political instability in the country. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave his approval to these postings on the recommendations of General Sharif.

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