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    Pak's ISI chief to get his second extension

    Islamabad: Pakistan's ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha is set to get an extension in service, the country's Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar confirmed on Saturday.

    Pasha, a close confidant of Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, is to retire next week.

    Asked by reporters if Pasha is being given an extension, Mukhtar, who is also a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan People's Party, said: "Yes, it is being given."

    But the minister did not spell out the duration of the extension. Media reports had said that Pasha is likely to get a two-year extension tenure.

    Responding to a query on whether Pasha would remain in service till 2013, Mukhtar said, "He is being given an extension according to the requirement."

    This would be a second extension for the ISI chief who was earlier given a year-long extended tenure.

    Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in 2010 announced an unprecedented three-year extension for Kayani.