Template:Infobox Government agency Intelligence Bureau (IB) is Pakistan's main domestic/internal intelligence and espionage agency. It functions under direct control of Chief Executive of Pakistan - either Prime Minister or the President. The IB's tasks include counter-intelligence and internal Security matters.
The current Director-General is Akhtar Hussain Gorchani(PSP)
Powers[edit | edit source]
Although the agency has no formal arrest powers, suspects are often arrested and detained by law enforcement agencies at the request of IB officials. In 1996, the IB was granted control of government censorship programs, controlling information dissemination via mail, wire, or electronic medium.
History[edit | edit source]
The existence of IB predates the creation of Pakistan, as it was a part of the pre-war Intelligence Bureau of British India, and the present day IB was created from elements given to Pakistan upon independence. It was initially the main Pakistani Agency, with responsibility for strategic and foreign intelligence, as well as counter-espionage and domestic affairs. Its performance in the 1948 war was however considered less than exemplary due to the fact that the pre-independence Bureau was concerned with internal security matters, and was not set up for foreign intelligence collection. As a result, after the war, a new agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was created, and it took over the strategic and foreign intelligence roles. This is the supreme agency in Pakistan.
List of IB in oprational duties[edit | edit source]
- ABDUL LATIF BALOCH(1993)
- IBRAHIM (2008)
- FAZL UR REHMAN (2008)
- HASAN RAZA (2011)
List of IB chiefs[edit | edit source]
- Maj Gen Agha Nek Mohammad Mar 1985 - Jul 1986
- Mian Aslam Hayat
- Noor Illahi Leghari
- Brig (R) Brigadier Imtiaz Ahmed, 1990–1993
- Maj (R) Masood Sharif Khan Khattak, 1993 - November 1996
- Maj Gen Rafiullah Niazi, November 1996 - September 1997
- Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, September 1997 - August 1998
- Col (R) Iqbal Niazi, August 1998 - October 1999
- Maj Gen Rafiullah khan Niazi, October 1999 -
- Maj Gen (R) Talat Munir, - October 2002
- Col (R) Bashir Wali Muhammad, October 2002 - February 2004
- Brig (R) Ijaz Shah, February 2004 - March 2008
- Tariq Ahmed Lodhi March 2008-August 2008
- Shoaib Suddle, August 2008 - May 2009
- Javed Noor, May 2009 - October 2011
- MIAN ARSLAN 2011 -
- Akhter Hussain Gorchani July 2012 - Present
Books[edit | edit source]
- Jaffrelot, Christophe. A History of Pakistan and Its Origins. Translated by Gillian Beaumont. New York: Anthem Press, 2002.
- Jones, Owen Bennett. Pakistan: Eye of the Storm. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002.
- Ziring, Lawrence. Pakistan in the Twentieth Century: A Political History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Periodicals[edit | edit source]
- Gauhar, Altaf. "How Intelligence Agencies Run Our Politics". The Nation. September 1997: 4.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Thirteen spymasters gather to stare at each other
- Former IB chiefs meet ‘secretly’ over dinner
- Intelligence Bureau (IB) Joint director Zafarullah Khan saves an Agent
- Pakistani Defence Overview of Intelligence
- Brig (retd) Ejaz Shah
- Maj (retd) Masood Sharif Khan Khattak
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