Former ISI chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar on Saturday requested early retirement from the Pakistan Army citing “pressing personal commitments”.
Gen Akhtar, in a letter, asked for “premature release” starting Oct 9, 2017, after nearly 35 years of active commissioned service in the armed forces.
“I want everyone knowing me 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.
Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar is the three-star rank Pakistan Army general recently he was serving as President of National Defence University in Islamabad, he is a former spymaster who served as Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI). He took office on 8 November 2014 as of today, he announced his premature retirement from service
Rizwan Akhtar is a graduate of the Command and Staff College in Quetta, National Defense University, Islamabad (NDU) and the United States Army War College, Pennsylvania, USA. At the US Army War College, Akhtar authored a strategy research project report titled ‘US-Pakistan trust deficit and the war on terror’ in fulfillment of the requirements for the Master in Strategic Studies Degree
Lt. Gen Rizwan Akhtar Baig was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in the Frontier Force Regiment in September 1982. He commanded an infantry brigade and infantry division in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) after served as Operation and Planning Officer at Peshawar Corps. Previously as Sindh DG Rangers, Major General Rizwan Akhtar had been assigned with the task to lead the Karachi operation. He was given this responsibility at very crucial and sensitive time when Karachi was under the influence of political militant wings, terror gangs, terrorist wings, target killings, and extortion were the daily activities. The man with vision decided to take the situation with iron hands he designed the operation and executed it successfully. Gen. Rizwan is also considered to have extensive experience of counterinsurgency from a previous posting in the border region of South Waziristan. After getting promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in September 2014, he was posted as Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence. Lately, he was President National Defense University but recently took pre-mature retirement from service in October 2017.