Why is the ISI chief against the release of his photos and videos
Islamabad, Dec 3: The newly-appointed Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum has instructed Pakistani authorities not to release his images or video footage to the media, according to a media report today.
Lt Gen Anjum was named Director-General (DG) of the ISI last month after a long standoff between Pakistan's civilian and military leadership, PTI reported.
He replaced Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, whose footage of a chat with a reporter in Kabul during the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August this year had gone viral.
Pakistan's National Security Committee approved the country's first-ever National Security Policy on Monday.
The high-level meeting was also attended by the ISI Director-General.
However, photos and video-recording of the meeting released by the Pakistan government showed all the other top dignitaries, except the ISI chief, The News International reported.
A federal minister told the newspaper that the ISI chief had instructed the government authorities not to release any photos or video footage of any meetings he attends.
This was also the reason why there are no photos of Lt Gen Anjum in the media since his appointment, the report said.
According to Lt Gen Amjad Shoaib (Retd.), a former Pakistani official, the basic principle of intelligence services is to stay away from the media's glare and maintain a garb of anonymity.
However, he maintained there have been several instances in the past when this principle was violated by government authorities, the report said.
He cited the example of the Afghan war, when photos of Gen Hameed Gul and Gen Javed Nasir, who were heading the ISI then, were released to the media.
He added that when he was promoted and posted as GOC Quetta, the then Army chief, General Abdul Waheed Kakar had advised him to stay away from the media.
Maj Gen Ejaz Awan (Retd.), who also served in the ISI in the past, said that the new ISI chief seems to be following the pattern of doing his work without being publicised in the media.