Also, like Kayani and Pasha, Iqbal
has served as DGMO, which makes him operationally qualified, just like Pasha and Kayani before him, for the ISI's increasingly important role as a 'force multiplier' in the military engagements in FATA/KPK and even Balochistan.
The Complication: Just two weeks before the biggest intelligence failure in the country's history and the Osama Bin Laden-centric Operation Neptune Spear by US Navy SEAL Team Six - Javed Iqbal
was the DGMO of Pakistan Army
But by May 2, 2011, he
had been promoted to the very 'ear-of-the-chief' post of Adjutant General.
After the OBL raid, Iqbal
was also immediately tasked with an inquiry by the COAS
about the failures that led to the raid.
All of this means three things: that Javed Iqbal
is very close to Kayani; that Javed Iqbal
is very lucky; and that Javed Iqbal
knows more about the OBL raid, both as former DGMO and inquirer, than anyone else.
The Qualification: Ever heard of the Fauji Foundation's
Committee of Administration?
No? Well, according the Foundation's publications, the COA is the "policy board of the organization.
It is responsible for defining the strategic direction of the Foundation without its involvement in the day to day functioning.
Javed Iqbal is on this committee.
He's also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Askari Bank.
also got an MSc in Strategic Studies from Quaid-e-Azam University
That means that Iqbal
is more than a good old boy.
is, literally, the army's premier manager.
Not due to retire for another three years, Javed Iqbal
may well be Kayani's personal favorite, a man who could very easily transition from the high risks of managing field operations to the risk-management of the army's billions.
is appointed DG-I, expect him to enhance not just the ambit but also the structure and systems of the agency.
The Risk: If he is shipped of to Aabpara, then after the retirement (or maybe even promotion to four-stars) of the current Chief of General Staff, Lt.
Gen. Waheed Arshad, GHQ might miss an able administrator like Javed Iqbal
Experience versus Intimacy: Iqbal
is definitely close to the COAS
And with two division commands as GOC and the DGMO gig, he
is as, if not more, experienced than Pasha when the latter assumed control of the Fortress on 7th Avenue.