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Smokin’ Abe

New IB chief is said to be good at psy-ops

Smokin’ Abe
Smokin’ Abe
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Hardcore operations man. Soft-spoken and genteel in the Lakhnavi mould. Team leader. And
curiously, chain-smoker of India Kings cigarettes. These are some of the appellations colleagues use for Sayed Asif Ibrahim, an IPS officer of the 1977 batch who takes over on December 31 as chief of the Intelligence Bureau. He’s the first Muslim to head an agency that’s at the centre of India’s security establishment. It fills a gap that has been long felt. It comes, however, at a politically loaded juncture—the UPA-II is going into election mode, with less than 18 months left for its normal schedule to play out. The appointment is being seen as a counter to the impression that Muslims don’t make it to key posts in intelligence. But it cannot subtract from Ibrahim’s track record, during which he handled key responsibilities like the Kashmir desk and the cyber security cell.

Ibrahim has had direct experience in anti-terror operations. He had zeroed in on jehadi leaders like Maulana Masood Azhar, who founded Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Omar Sheikh,...

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