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Not to be confused with the retired Pakistani army general Zaheerul Islam Abbasi.

Zaheer ul-Islam
ﻇﻬﻴﺮ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ
Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence
Assumed office
March 2012
President Asif Ali Zardari
Preceded by Ahmad Shuja Pasha
Personal details
Born 1956
Military service
Allegiance Pakistan Pakistan
Service/branch Flag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands Deputy DG ISI
Commander V Corps
Awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)

Lieutenant-General Zaheer ul-Islam (Urdu language: ﻇﻬﻴﺮ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ‎ )HI(M) is the current Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI); he was appointed to the position on 9 March 2012. Islam took over the position from his predecessor Ahmed Shuja Pasha, who left on 18 March.[1] At the time of his appointment, he was serving as the Corps Commander V Corps, Karachi.

Islam comes from a family with a prominent military background. His father retired as a brigadier in the Pakistan Army,[2] while his three brothers and his brother-in-law Major Ejaz Aziz also retired as military officers.[3] In addition, he is a nephew of the Indian National Army general and politician Shah Nawaz Khan, who was also the adoptive maternal grandfather of Bollywood film actor Shahrukh Khan.[4] However, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) refused to acknowledge any distant familial links between Zaheerul Islam and Shahrukh Khan.[2]

Military career

Zaheerul Islam was commissioned in the Punjab Regiment in the 55th PMA Long Course on 16 April 1977. He served as Corps Commander V Corps in Karachi before appoinment of ISI Chief. Zaheer served as DG (C) in the ISI before he was promoted as a 3-star general and moved to Karachi as corps commander. He was GOC Murree for some time before coming to the ISI. He also served as Chief of Staff in the Army Strategic Force Command for 2004-2006.


Military offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Shuja Pasha
Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence
18 March 2012 - present
Succeeded by

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