Intelligence Bureau Current Affairs - 2019

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Arvind Kumar appointed as Director of Intelligence Bureau

The Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved appointment of senior IPS officer Arvind Kumar as Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) for a fixed tenure of two years. He will succeed Rajiv Jain whose tenure comes to an end on 29 June 2019.

About Arvind Kumar

He is 1984-batch IPS officer from Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He has been working with IB since August 1991 and has also served in Indian Embassy in Moscow, Russia.

Prior to this appointment, he served as Special Director in IB and his job involved supervising administrative and personnel desks.

He is considered to be an expert on Kashmir and Naxal issues. He is the second most senior officer in IB after Rajiv Jain.

He is a recipient of President Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

About Intelligence Bureau (IB)

It is India’s internal intelligence agency. It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

It was established in 1887 by British India Government and later recasted as the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1947.

It is headquartered in New Delhi.

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Lt Gen Faiz Hameed: appointed Pakistan’s new ISI chief

Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, was appointed by Pakistan military as the new Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the military-led powerful spy agency.

Though by convention it is the Prime Minister of country who appoints ISI chief in consultation with Army chief per the Constitution, bout in reality it is the Army who decides who he wants in job. Also, the DG ISI is answerable only to the Army chief and not Prime Minister.

About Lt Gen Faiz Hameed

Post his appointment as DG of ISI, Faiz replaced its current head Lieutenant General Asim Munir, who was appointed to head ISI only eight months ago, following the retirement of his predecessor Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar. He is believed to be a close aide of Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.

Prior to this Lt Gen Faiz previously served as the head of ISI’s Counter Intelligence wing. On 12 April 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Lt. General and later that month was named as Adjutant General at General Headquarters (GHQ). GHQ is the Headquarters of Pakistan Army located in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

About ISI

It was founded in 1948 as an independent unit to strengthen Pakistan’s intelligence network. The ISI was earlier a part of Intelligence Bureau (IB), which handled intelligence-sharing between different branches of Pak’s military, as well as external intelligence gathering. In 1950, ISI was officially handed over the task of safeguarding Pakistani interests and national security, inside and outside country.

Initially it was headquartered in Rawalpindi, but later HQ was moved to Islamabad.

The ISI, with its exceptionally large say in national politics and foreign policy, is also not least in shaping Pakistan’s mullah-military alliance and is today among the world’s most significant intelligence agencies.

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