The Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, said the Inter-State Intelligence (ISI) is 'our first line of defence' during a visit to the spy agency's headquarters for the first time.
Khan, along with senior cabinet ministers, was briefed in detail on the various strategic intelligence and national security matters by ISI senior officials, an official statement said. 'The Prime Minister lauded contributions of the ISI towards national security especially in the ongoing counter terrorism effort. The Prime Minister said that the ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as best intelligence agency of the world,' the statement issued by the ISI Public Relations, the media wing of the military, said.
Imran Khan, who was sworn-in as the 22nd Prime Minister on August 18, has already visited the General Headquarters of Pakistan Army twice - first to get an in-depth briefing on the internal security and geo-strategic situation and then to attend the Defence and Martyrs Day ceremony on September 6.
He has been accused by his critics of being partial towards the security establishment. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has accused Khan of reaching the Prime Minister House through the support of the army. Khan told ISI officials that his government and the people of Pakistan firmly stood behind the armed forces and intelligence agencies and acknowledged the 'unprecedented achievements' of these institutions.
Earlier, the Army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, and the ISI director general, Lt Gen. Naveed Mukhtar, received the Prime Minister on his arrival.