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This article is about the intelligence chief. For the retired Pakistani army general, see Zaheerul Islam Abbasi.
HI (M)
Lt.Gen Zaheer Ul Islam.jpg
Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence
In office
19 March 2012 – 7 November 2014
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Ahmad Shuja Pasha
Succeeded by Rizwan Akhtar
Personal details
Born 1956
Awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
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

Lieutenant-General Zaheer-ul-Islam, HI (M), (Urdu: ﻇﻬﻴﺮ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ‎) 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.


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]

Military career[edit]

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 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.


  1. ^ "No extension to Pasha, Lt Gen. Zaheerul Islam appointed new DG ISI". 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  2. ^ Desk, News. "Army denies new ISI chief related to Shah Rukh Khan". Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Zaheer-ul Islam appointed new DG ISI". Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Shuja Pasha
Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence
18 March 2012 – October 2014
Succeeded by
Rizwan Akhtar