ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday granted one-year extension in service to Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha ahead of his retirement due on March 18. Official sources informed TheNation that Prime Minister had approved the summary forwarded by Ministry of Defence seeking extension in the service of incumbent DG ISI and a notification in this connection had been issued. This step has been taken in the interest of continuity of policies, sources further informed. General Pasha was appointed DG ISI on October 2008. From April 2006 to October 2008, Pasha served as the Director General of Military Operations at the Army headquarters overseeing all military engagements in Waziristan, Swat and other tribal areas. He was also selected as Military Advisor to the UN Secretary General in October 2007, however due to his commitments as DGMO, he never joined the UN. Born on March 1952, Pasha was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the famed Frontier Force Regiment in the 49th PMA Long Course in 1974. He has commanded a mechanised infantry brigade, an infantry battalion and has served as the Chief Instructor of the Command and Staff College of the Pakistani Army. From 2001-2002, General Pasha served as a Contingent and Sector Commander of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone. Pasha was promoted to Major General in January 2003 and posted as GOC 8th Infantry Division in Sialkot. From there in April 2005, he was sent as Commandant Command and Staff College in Quetta.