The former chief of the Pakistan's ISI, Lt Gen Rizwan Akthar has sought for an early retirement from the Pakistan Army citing personal reasons. In a leter he sought premature retirement starting October 9 2017, after putting in 35 years of service.
I want everyone to respect my decision and not succumb or resort to speculation in any domain. I shall be available for any service in the army whenever needed," he added.
Akhtar, who was replaced by Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar as director general (DG) ISI, was posted as president of the National Defence University two weeks after Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa took oath last year.
Gen Akhtar is a graduate of the Command and Staff College in Quetta, National Defence University and the Army War College, USA. He was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in Frontier Force Regiment in September 1982.