Strategic Forecasting Inc – STRATFOR - the private U.S intelligence firm had this to say last Friday:
Pakistan: Shah To Be Fired
June 01, 2007 13 22 GMT
Retired Brig. Ijaz Shah, the current director-general of Pakistan's Intelligence Bureau, will soon be fired, Pakistani sources said June 1. Shah was allegedly working as a mole and is accused of consistently working to undermine the government of Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. In addition to coordinating efforts with Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry even before the legal crisis erupted over his suspension, he was responsible for issuing orders to raid TV stations and tarnish the government's image. This information has not yet been confirmed.
This the strangest piece of news I’ve read in a long time.
As anyone following politics closely ought to be familiar with Brigadier (Retd.) Ijaz Shah’s name, reputation and background as:
- A close Musharraf friend and associate for many years, and a dyed in the wool loyalist of the General’s.
- Onetime head of ISI Operations in Punjab.
- A previous Home Secretary of Punjab (where, together with Major General Hussain Mehdi, then Director General, Punjab Rangers, he ‘delivered’ Punjab to Musharraf in the 2002 elections).
- A nominee of Musharraf’s as High Commissioner to Australia, only to have his nomination embarrassingly rejected by the Australian Government.
- From February 2004 onwards the powerful head of the Intelligence Bureau.
He was recently named along with the heads of MI and ISI - in the Chief Justice’s affidavit - as being present at the Army Camp on 9 March during the five hour period of unlawful detention that the CJ had to undergo on Musharraf's instructions.
In view of his staunch relationship with Musharraf, Stratfor's allegation that Ijaz Shah has been “working as a mole and is accused of consistently working to undermine…Pervez Musharraf” sounds quite implausible.
The only logical conclusion your Blogger can reach is that this deliberately leaked accusation is a product of possible infighting that might be taking place among the intelligence agencies as a result of a blame game for the regime’s disastrously bungled decision making.
Whether Ijaz Shah pays the price for all this, only time will tell.