The federal government has assigned powers of the director-general of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to grade-21 officer Fawad Asadullah, reported by VoM.
The Establishment Division on Wednesday issued a notification of the appointment of Fawad Asadullah who is currently serving as Commandant IB Academy.
Fawad Asadullah has served in senior posts in the IB. Pertinent to note that the slot of IB DG has been lying vacant due to the 90-day leave of Dr. Muhammad Suleiman. As per the notification, Fawad Asadullah will perform the duties of the IB director-general in absence of Dr. Muhammad Suleiman.
Pertinent to mention that Intelligence Bureau (IB) Pakistan is the earliest Intelligence agency. Intelligence Bureau is the civilian intelligence agency known as IB Pakistan. It is established on 17 August 1947. All meetings and administration of Intelligence Bureau operations are approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The head office of IB is situated in Islamabad, Pakistan. The main objective of the Intelligence Bureau is to keep an eye on politicians and political activities. It is working against terrorism to counter the secret agencies of other countries. The Director-General of IB directly reports to the Prime Minister of Pakistan about its operations. Intelligence Bureau the day on is the part of the British Intelligence Bureau which was established by Charles MacGregor – Major General of the British Army.
On that occasion in 1885, Charles MacGregor was the quartermaster General and head of the intelligence department at Shimla. After the independence of Pakistan, all Armed Forces including IB was portioned. And Pakistan Intelligence bureau was established in Karachi.
That’s why IB is the oldest secret intelligence service, other being the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) of the Pakistan Army.
In the beginning, the IB is the only main intelligence agency in Pakistan with the responsibility of countering domestic surveillance and foreign affairs.
In 1947, disappointing detailing and bad performance of Military Intelligence (MI) were not admirable. Because of this, IB was anxious about internal security affairs and unable to build the foreign intelligence collection.
The analysis led to the establishment of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1948 which instantly took responsibility for the collection of strategic and foreign intelligence at all levels of command.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan makes appointments for IB but they have to be confirmed by the President. The IB secret agents are not allowed to arrest formally. IB officials report to FIA to further arrest the suspects and further proceed with the interrogation.
IB also proceeds filtration on intelligence between police, other law enforcement forces, and the intelligence community of Pakistan.
The Bureau allows mandatory security clearances to judges and Pakistani diplomats to prior they take the oath.