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Pak intelligence agency chief replaced

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Feb 26, IRNA -- Citing no reasons, Prime Minister of 
Pakistan Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has replaced the director general 
of Pakistan`s Intelligence Bureau (IB). 
Colonel (Retd.) Bashir Wali has been replaced by ex-Inter Services
Intelligence (ISI) official Brigadier (Retd.) Ijaz Shah, local press 
reported Thursday. 
The outgoing IB chief was promoted from the post of joint director
to head the agency a year ago. 
According to Dawn paper, the new chief is a trusted friend of 
President General Pervez Musharraf and has an experience of tackling 
the threat posed by militant organizations. 
The United States, the daily said, has been persuading the 
government to crackdown on the right wing religious groups, suspected 
of having links with Al-Qaeda. "Ijaz is expected to deliver quick 
As part of efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorist threats, 
around one dozen groups were banned in a year or so. Besides, several 
activists of the banned groups were held and objectionable literature 
Reports also indicated that some of the groups were involved in 
sectarian killings in Pakistan for more than a decade and fanning 
hatred on the basis of religion. 

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