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Brigadier Ijaz Shah is a retired Pakistan Army officer and politician who is a member of the Pakistan's National Assembly from Nankana Sahib and the Federal Interior Minister of Pakistan.[1] Shah formerly served as Director-General of Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan from 2004 to 2008.[2]

Brigadier Ijaz Shah
Nickname(s)Brig. Shah
BornNankana Sahib, Pakistan
AllegiancePakistan Pakistan
Service/branchFlag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army
Years of service1966–2004
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier
Unit15 Infantry Punjab Regiment and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)
Commands heldDG Intelligence Bureau (DGIB)
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
Other workDG of I.B.

Shah was a long-term close associate of Pervez Musharraf, and a former Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operator.[3] Shah's tenure as the head of Intelligence Bureau was controversial with accusations of political victimisation and for undermining the judiciary.[4]


IB chiefEdit

In 2004, Musharraf's attempt to appoint Ijaz Shah as High Commissioner to Australia was rejected in a highly unusual move by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs. Instead Musharraf appointed him to head Pakistani Intelligence Bureau on 25 February 2004, transferring his predecessor, Wali Muhammad to Australia.[5]

Role in Benazir Bhutto's Assassination AttemptEdit

Days after the 2007 Karachi bombings, Benazir Bhutto in a letter to President Musharaf written on 16 October 2007 named Ijaz Shah as one of the four persons including the then chief minister of Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, the then chief minister of Sindh Arbab Ghulam Rahim, and the former ISI chief Hamid Gul she suspected were behind the attacks.[6]

Role in Daniel Pearl's murderEdit

"Debriefed" Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh after he handed himself over to the ISI in February 2002.[7]

Role in hiding of Osama bin LadenEdit

General Ziauddin Butt, former Director General of the ISI revealed in October 2011 that according to his knowledge Ijaz Shah, had kept Osama bin Laden in an Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan safe house in Abbottabad[8] but later denied making any such statement, after Shah announced filing a defamation suit against him.[9]


  1. ^ Syed, Dawn com | Baqir Sajjad (2019-04-18). "Profile: Ijaz Shah — Imran Khan's new Interior Minister". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  2. ^ "Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Candidate Ijaz Ahmed Shah Wins NA-118 Election - UrduPoint". UrduPoint. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  3. ^ Profile of Saeed Sheikh, under 5 February 2002
  4. ^ Syed Irfan Raza. 'Intelligence Bureau chief removed' Dawn Newspaper, 18 March 2008
  5. ^ "Ijaz Shah new IB chief" Daily Times, 26 February 2004.
  6. ^ Shakeel, Syed Faisal PPP demands probe based on Benazir’s letter Dawn Newspaper, 30 December 2007
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  8. ^ Jamal, Arif. "Former Pakistan Army Chief Reveals Intelligence Bureau Harbored Bin Laden in Abbottabad". Terrorism Monitor Journal. The JamesTown Foundation.
  9. ^ Ashraf Javed (16 February 2012). "Ijaz Shah to sue Ziauddin Butt". The Nation. Retrieved 14 November 2012.