Ijaz Ahmed Shah
Ijaz Ahmed Shah is a Pakistani politician and former spy military officer of the Pakistan Army. He is currently serving as the Federal Minister for Interior, in office since April 2019. Previously, he served as the Federal Minister of Parliamentary Affairs from March 2019 to April 2019. He has been the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018.
Ijaz Ahmed Shah
|37th Minister for Interior|
|Assumed office |
18 April 2019
|Prime Minister||Imran Khan|
|Preceded by||Imran Khan|
|Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
|Assumed office |
13 August 2018
|Years of service||1966–2004|
|Unit||15 Infantry Punjab Regiment and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)|
|Commands||DG Intelligence Bureau (DGIB)|
|Battles/wars||Indo-Pakistani War of 1971|
He has also served as Director-General of Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan from 2004 to 2008. Shah was a long-term close associate of Pervez Musharraf, and a former Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operator.
In 2004, he was appointed as the Pakistani High Commissioner to Australia but was rejected by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs for his involvement in controversies.
He again ran for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan from NA-118 (Nankana Sahib-II) as an independent candidate, with support of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in 2015 by-elections, but was again unsuccessful. He lost to Shizra Mansab Ali Khan.
He was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan from NA-118 (Nankana Sahib-II) as a candidate of PTI in 2018 Pakistani general election. He received 63,818 votes and defeated Shezra Mansab Ali of Pakistan Muslim League (N).
In March 2019, he was made the Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs which he held till 16 April 2019.
Involvement in Daniel Pearl's kidnap and murderEdit
American journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. After Pearl's murder, Shah delayed handing over Omar Sheikh to the police by over a week. While Daniel Pearl was eventually turned over to Khalid Sheikh Mohammad who subsequently killed Pearl, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh became the subject of a man-hunt. Brigadier Ijaz Shah had been the intelligence controller of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. After Pearl was killed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the Pakistani government came under strong American diplomatic pressure to capture the kidnappers and killers. In February 2002, cornered by the Pakistan Omar Sheikh turned himself to Brigadier Shah, who then was the Home Secretary of the Pakistani Punjab region. Shah kept Sheikh for a full week before remanding him to police custody.
Alleged involvement in Benazir Bhutto's assassination plotEdit
According to the PPP Senator Latif Khosa, days after the 2007 Karachi bombings, Benazir Bhutto in a letter to President Musharaf written on 16 October 2007 allegedly 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.
Osama bin Laden compoundEdit
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 but later denied making any such statement, after Shah announced filing a defamation suit against him.
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