Zaheerul Islam
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Zaheerul Islam


Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence

19 March 2012 - 7 November 2014
Yousaf Raza Gillani
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
Nawaz Sharif
Ahmad Shuja Pasha
Rizwan Akhtar
Commander V Corps, Karachi

October 2010 - March 2012
DG(Counter Terrorism Wing) at Dte Gen ISI,Islamabad

General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 12th Infantry Division

Chief of Staff Army Strategic Force Command

Personal details
AwardsHilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Military service
AllegiancePakistan Pakistan
Branch/serviceFlag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army
RankLieutenant General
CommandsDeputy DG ISI
Commander V Corps

Lieutenant-General Zaheer-ul-Islam, HI (M), (Urdu: ? ‎) is a former 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. In 2012, Forbes named him as the world's 52nd most powerful person.[2]


His father retired as a brigadier in the Pakistan Army,[3] while his three brothers and his brother-in-law Major Ejaz Aziz also retired as military officers.[4]

His uncle was Shah Nawaz Khan, a major general in the Indian National Army of Subhas Chandra Bose.[5]

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 the appointment 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 [6]


  1. ^ "No extension to Pasha, Lt Gen. Zaheerul Islam appointed new DG ISI". 2012-02-03. Retrieved .
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  3. ^ Desk, News. "Army denies new ISI chief related to Shah Rukh Khan". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Zaheer-ul Islam appointed new DG ISI". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "General (retd) Zaheerul Islam: The shadow warrior", Dawn News (6 October 2015). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
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Military offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Shuja Pasha
Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence
18 March 2012 - October 2014
Succeeded by
Rizwan Akhtar

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