Faiz Hameed HI(M) is a retired three-star general of the Pakistan Army and former Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), serving as the 24th head of the organization. He was a member of the Baloch Regiment and held various positions throughout his military career. Born in the village of Latifal in Chakwal, Faiz joined the Pakistan Military Academy in 1987 and later graduated from the Command & Staff College in Quetta. He comes from a family with a military background, including his brothers Sardar Sikandar Hayat, Sardar Najaf, and Sardar Khizar.
Faiz Hameed’s military career includes notable appointments such as GOC (General Officer Commanding) of the 16th Infantry Division in Pano Akil Cantonment from June 2015 to January 2017. He also served as the Director General of the ISI from January 2017 to April 2019 and later as the Commander of the XXXI Corps before taking early retirement on December 10, 2022. Additionally, he held the position of Adjutant General at the GHQ in Rawalpindi from April 2019 to June 2019.
During his tenure as Director General of the ISI, Faiz Hameed gained recognition for his role as the chief spymaster. In September 2021, following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, he visited Kabul to discuss the changes occurring after the withdrawal of US forces. When asked about the future of Afghanistan, he expressed optimism, saying, “Don’t worry, everything will be okay.” His visit to Kabul was primarily focused on regional security concerns.