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Pakistan has new intelligence chief


ISLAMABAD (AP) -- There's a new man in charge of Pakistani intelligence. And that brings some uncertainty for the United States, in dealing with an agency that will play a key role in any Pakistani efforts to get the Afghan Taliban to enter into peace negotiations.

The man who's being replaced has been in the post since 2008, and was due to retire this month. The new intelligence chief (Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam) is currently an army commander in the city of Karachi.

Pakistan's intelligence agency falls under the control of the army, which sets policy in consultation with the elected government. So the change in leadership at the agency isn't expected to immediately change Pakistani policy.

There are continued doubts about the loyalty of the intelligence service. The discovery of Osama bin Laden in the military town of Abbottabad only heightened suspicions that elements of the agency may have been protecting him.

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