Islamabad: Pakistan’s new ISI chief, Lt Gen Zahir-ul-Islam, is the nephew of Indian National Army hero Shah Nawaz Khan and through him, shares a questionable link with Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan, the reports said.
Islam’s father served as a brigadier in the Pakistan Army and Shah Nawaz Khan, who was a chief general in the INA led by Subhas Chandra Bose, was his uncle, the reports said.
Shahrukh Khan’s late mother Lateef Fatima was adopts daughter of Shah Nawaz Khan, according to the Bollywood star’s biography on numerous websites.
Islam, who was yesterday appoints as a new head of the powerful spy agency by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, comes from a military family and was born in the barracks city of Rawalpindi. It could not instantly be determined whether Islam had ever met Shah Nawaz Khan, who died in 1983.
Before Islam’s selection as the ISI chief, some reports had recommended that Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan’s uncle Maj Gen Isfandyar Ali Khan Pataudi, a deputy director general in the spy agency, was in the running for the top slot. But, sources told that Pataudi was never seen as a severe contender for the post of ISI chief.