As far back as it can be traced, Pakistan has had an Intelligence service. The civilian intelligence agency IB Pakistan is known as the Intelligence Bureau, and it’s been around since the 17th of August, 1947. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has given approval to all meetings and actions of the Intelligence Bureau.
Islamabad, Pakistan, is home to IB’s corporate headquarters. The primary goal of the Intelligence Bureau is to monitor politicians and their political activities in the United States. It is fighting terrorism to thwart the actions of other nations’ secret services. Director-General of IB directly reports to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on IB’s actions.
History of Intelligence Bureau (IB)
The Intelligence Bureau has been a component of the British Intelligence Bureau since its founding by British Army Major General Charles MacGregor.
Charles MacGregor was Shimla’s quartermaster general and chief of the intelligence division when this incident occurred in 1885. Charles MacGregor was a personal envoy of Queen Victoria who served in the British army. Because of the Russian invasion of British India in the late 1800s, the primary goal of IB was to monitor Russian troop movements in Afghanistan.
Partition of Pakistan’s Armed Forces occurred upon the country’s independence, and this included the IB. Also, in Karachi, the Pakistan Intelligence Bureau was set up.
The Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI) of the Pakistan Army are the other two oldest secret intelligence agencies.
Initially, the IB was Pakistan’s only major intelligence organization charged with countering domestic monitoring and international policy.
Disappointing details and subpar performance by Military Intelligence (MI) in 1947 were not commendable. As a result, IB was preoccupied with domestic security matters and thus unable to develop a foreign intelligence collection.
An in-depth review led to ISI being established in 1948, with the responsibility for gathering strategic and international information at all levels of command falling immediately on its shoulders. However, nominations for IB are made by Pakistan’s Prime Minister and must be approved by the country’s President.
Powers of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Pakistan
Arrests by IB agents are strictly prohibited. Officials from the IB report to the FIA to continue arresting and questioning the suspects.
IB also carries out intelligence filtering between Pakistani police, law enforcement agencies, and intelligence communities.
Before taking the oath of office, judges and Pakistani diplomats may get the requisite security clearances from the Bureau.
List of IB chiefs
|1||Brig. Imtiaz Ahmad||1990-1993|
|2||Maj.(R) Masood Shareef||1993 -1996|
|3||Col (R) Iqbal Niazi||August 1998 – October 1999|
|4||Major Gen Rafi Ullah Niazi||1999 –|
|5||Maj Gen (R) Talat Munir||October 2002|
|6||Col (R) Bashir Wali Mohmmand||October 2002 – February 2003|
|7||Brig (R) Ijaz Shah||February 2004 – March 2008|
|8||Tariq Ahmed Lodhi||March 2008 – August 2008|
|9||Shoaib Suddle||August 2008 – May 2009|
|10||Javed Noor||May 2009 – October 2011|
|11||Akhter Hussain Gorchani||July 2012 – March 2013|
|12||Aftab Sultan||June 2013 – June 2018|
|13||Dr. Suleman Khan||May 2018 -July 2018|
|14||Ihsan Ghani||July 2018 – August 2018|
|15||Shujaat Ullah Qureshi||August 2018 – September 2018|
|16||Dr Suleman Khan||September 2018 – present|