Lt. General (ret.) Faiz Hamid, a former head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has reportedly declined an invitation from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to join the party and instead said that he would never enter politics.
In an interview with the media outlet, the ex-ISI chief debunked rumours that he was going into politics or joining the PTI.
The former spymaster said, “I will not enter politics after two years ban nor thereafter.”
A video of the former three-star general of the Pakistan Army being approached by the local PTI leadership in Chakwal to join the Imran Khan-led party went viral the day before.
Hamid was filmed during a social event in his Chakwal, Pakistan, hometown. The former intelligence chief is lauded for his contributions to the military and the growth of the region in a speech delivered by an anonymous speaker.
The speaker strongly suggested that the former lieutenant general become involved in politics and help move the nation forward.
The speaker expressed gratitude for his long tenure in office, during which time he was instrumental in implementing projects worth millions of rupees for the betterment of the local community.
After General Asim Munir assumed leadership of the Pakistan Army as chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Faiz retired from the military.
Following the promotion to four-star level of Gen Asim Munir and Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, the previous DG ISI sought early retirement.
The Defense Ministry transmitted his request to the Prime Minister, who granted his request for early retirement on December 2.
In April of this year, Retired Lieutenant General Faiz was upgraded to the rank of three-star general and given the position of adjutant general at the General Headquarters (GHQ). He was formerly the ISI’s chief of the Counterintelligence Wing.
Lt. General (ret.) Faiz replaced Gen. Asim Munir as chief of army staff and director general of ISI in June of that year.
When Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum replaced Hamid as ISI director in October 2021, Hamid was sent to head the Peshawar corps.
When then-Prime Minister Imran Khan stood firm and refused to remove Hamid from office, the appointment became a major political crisis. Later, however, he came around to the idea and signed on.