Bahrain’s National Guard Commander, Lieutenant-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa (photo), received in Manama the Director-General of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), Lieutenant-General Naveed Mukhtar, and his accompanying delegation, in the presence of the National Guard Staff-Director, Major-General Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Khalifa.
The National Guard Commander affirmed the strength of the Bahraini-Pakistani relations and cooperation in various fields, calling for the need to enhance military cooperation with brotherly and friendly countries to ensure the stability of the region in the midst of the current threats to its countries.
He expressed the kingdom’s pride in the existing distinguished relations between its military institutions, including the National Guard, and their Pakistani counterparts, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Isa lauded the strides made the Pakistani armed forces and its bodies in the fields of combating terrorism and ensuring the security and stability of the region, wishing Pakistan further progress and prosperity.
Pakistan’s ISI Director-General lauded the advanced level of the Bahraini-Pakistani relations, stressing the importance of enhancing bilateral military cooperation and exchange further, and of carrying out joint drills.
The meeting discussed areas of joint cooperation, as well as bilateral military coordination and cooperation, and exchange of intelligence information.
National Security Agency President, Lieutenant-General Adel bin Khalifa Al-Fadhel accompanied the Pakistani delegation.
National Guard Commander’s Office Director, Brigadier-General Abdulrahman Al-Sa’ad, was also present.
In December 2016, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced that Lt General Naveed Mukhtar was appointed as Director-General ISI. He replaced Lt General Rizwan Akhtar who has been posted as President National Defense University (NDU).
Naveed Mukhtar was commissioned in the Armored Corps regiment in 1983. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College Quetta, National Defense University Islamabad and War Course USA. He had commanded a Mechanized Division.
Till 07 December 2016, he had been serving as Corps Commander of Karachi. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and posted to the army’s Corps V in September 2014.
Lt General Mukhtar possesses a vast experience in the field of intelligence. He had also headed the counterterrorism wing of the ISI in Islamabad.