Military Intelligence (Pakistan)
|Military Intelligence of Pakistan|
Military Intelligence of Pakistan
|Director General||Major General Sarfraz sattar|
The Directorate for Military Intelligence, known as "Military Intelligence" and its acronym "MI", is the intelligence arm of the Pakistan Army. It is headquartered at the General Headquarters (Pakistan Army) in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Unlike the ISI, the MI is composed entirely of all uniformed officers who are tasked with gathering offensive counter-insurgence intelligence, identifying and eliminating sleeper cells, foreign agents and other anti-state elements within Pakistan, including but not limited to investigation of military espionage.
The agency was created by Major General Robert Cawthom, who also served as its first Director. Major General Cawthom later established the ISI Directorate in the 1950s. Prior to the successful imposition of the coup d'état against the government of President Major General (retired) Iskander Mirza, the MI's Director General Major General Syed Shahid Hamid reported to the then-Commander-in-Chief (Chief of Army Staff) Field Marshal Ayub Khan. The MI reported that Martial Law was promulgated in the entire country, both East-Pakistan and West-Pakistan.
The MI was also active during the Kargil debacle where Major General Jamshed Gulzar Kiani led a series of Intelligence-Based Operations (IBOs) against the enemy. However, the MI staged another coup d'état against the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The MI played a significant and integral role in bringing General Pervez Musharraf, Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, in political power.
The MI works in coordination with Air Intelligence (AI) of the Pakistan Air Force and Naval Intelligence (NI) of the (Pakistan Navy). It reports to the DG MI. All the appointed officers and personnel are from the Army. MI is one of the five main intelligence services in Pakistan. It is tasked with monitoring the military capabilities of its adversaries, counter-espionage operations, identifying and eliminating sleeper cells, foreign agents; the MI also keeps a close eye on the activities of officers within the Pakistan Army. At present, the MI is headed by the Pakistan Army's two-star general, Major General Sarfraz Sattar.