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. In 2012, Forbes named him as the world's 52nd most powerful person.[2]


Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence
In office
19 March 2012 – 7 November 2014
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
Nawaz Sharif
Preceded byAhmad Shuja Pasha
Succeeded byRizwan Akhtar
Commander V Corps, Karachi
In office
October 2010 – March 2012
DG(Counter Terrorism Wing) at Dte Gen ISI,Islamabad
In office
General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 12th Infantry Division
In office
Chief of Staff Army Strategic Force Command
In office
Personal details
AwardsHilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Military service
AllegiancePakistan Pakistan
Branch/serviceFlag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army
RankLieutenant General
CommandsDeputy DG ISI
Commander V Corps


His father retired as a brigadier in the Pakistan Army,[3] while his three brothers and his brother-in-law Major Ejaz Aziz also retired as military officers.[4]

His uncle was Shah Nawaz Khan, a major general in the Indian National Army of Subhas Chandra Bose.[5]

Military careerEdit

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 the 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 [6]


  1. ^ "No extension to Pasha, Lt Gen. Zaheerul Islam appointed new DG ISI". 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
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  3. ^ Desk, News. "Army denies new ISI chief related to Shah Rukh Khan". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  4. ^ "Zaheer-ul Islam appointed new DG ISI". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  5. ^ "General (retd) Zaheerul Islam: The shadow warrior", Dawn News (6 October 2015). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
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Military offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Shuja Pasha
Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence
18 March 2012 – October 2014
Succeeded by
Rizwan Akhtar