Pakistan's intelligence ready to split with CIA

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  1. ejazr

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    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's ISI spy agency is ready to split with the CIA because of frustration over what it calls heavy-handed pressure and its anger over what it believes is a covert U.S. operation involving hundreds of contract spies, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with U.S. and Pakistani officials.

    Such a move could seriously damage the U.S war effort in Afghanistan, limit a program targeting al-Qaida insurgents along the Pakistan frontier, and restrict Washington's access to information in the nuclear-armed country.

    According to a statement drafted by the ISI, supported by interviews with officials, an already-fragile relationship between the two agencies collapsed following the shooting death of two Pakistanis by Raymond Davis, a U.S. contracted spy who is in jail in Pakistan facing possible multiple murder charges.

    "Post-incident conduct of the CIA has virtually put the partnership into question," said a media statement prepared by the ISI but never released. A copy was obtained this week by the AP.

    The statement accused the CIA of using pressure tactics to free Davis.

    "It is hard to predict if the relationship will ever reach the level at which it was prior to the Davis episode," the statement said. "The onus of not stalling this relationship between the two agencies now squarely lies on the CIA."

    The ISI fears there are hundreds of CIA contracted spies operating in Pakistan without the knowledge of either the Pakistan government or the intelligence agency, a senior Pakistani intelligence official told the AP in an interview. He spoke only on condition he not be identified on grounds that exposure would compromise his security

    Pakistan intelligence had no idea who Davis was or what he was doing when he was arrested, the official said, adding that there are concerns about "how many more Raymond Davises are out there."

    Davis was arrested Jan. 27 in Lahore after shooting two Pakistanis. A third Pakistani was killed by a U.S. Consulate vehicle coming to assist the American. Pakistan demanded the driver be handed over, but the AP has learned the two U.S. employees in the car now are in the United States.

    Davis has pleaded self-defense, but the Lahore police upon completing their investigation said they would seek murder charges. The ISI official told the AP that Davis had contacts in the tribal regions and knew both the men he shot. He said the ISI is investigating the possibility that the encounter on the streets of Lahore stemmed from a meeting or from threats to Davis.

    U.S. officials deny Davis had prior contact with the men before the incident, and CIA spokesman George Little said any problems between the two agencies will be sorted out.

    "The CIA works closely with our Pakistani counterparts on a wide range of security challenges, including our common fight against al-Qaida and its terrorist allies," he said. "The agency's ties to ISI have been strong over the years, and when there are issues to sort out, we work through them. That's the sign of a healthy partnership."

    The CIA repeatedly has tried to penetrate the ISI and learn more about Pakistan's nuclear program. The ISI has mounted its own operations to gather intelligence on the CIA's counterterrorism activities

    The ISI is now scouring thousands of visas issued to U.S. employees in Pakistan. The ISI official said Davis' visa application contains bogus references and phone numbers. He said thousands of visas were issued to U.S. Embassy employees over the past five months following a government directive to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington to issue visas without the usual vetting by the interior ministry and the ISI. The same directive was issued to the Pakistan embassies in Britain and the United Arab Emirates, he said.

    Within two days of receiving that directive, the Pakistani Embassy issued 400 visas and since then thousands more have been issued, said the ISI official. A Western diplomat in Pakistan agreed that a "floodgate" opened for U.S. Embassy employees requesting Pakistani visas.

    The ISI official said his agency knows and works with "the bona fide CIA people in Pakistan" but is upset that the CIA would send others over behind its back. For now, he said, his agency is not talking with the CIA at any level, including the most senior.

    To regain support and assistance, he said, "they have to start showing respect, not belittling us, not being belligerent to us, not treating us like we are their lackeys."

    NATO and U.S. operations in Afghanistan could be adversely effected by a split between the ISI and the CIA. Washington complains bitterly about Pakistan's refusal to go after the Pakistani-headquartered Haqqani network, which is believed to be the strongest fighting force in Afghanistan and closely allied with al-Qaida.

    The ISI official said Pakistan is fed up with Washington's complaints, and he accused the CIA of planting stories about ISI assistance to the Haqqani network.

    Relations between the CIA and ISI have been on a downward slide since the name of the U.S. agency's station chief in Pakistan was leaked in a lawsuit accusing him of killing civilians in a drone strike.

    Fearing for his safety, the CIA eventually pulled the station chief out of the country. ISI leaders balked at allegations that they outed the CIA top spy in their country. Former and current U..S. officials believe the station chief fell out of favor, but the Pakistanis say this is not the case

    Those accusations and the naming of ISI chief Shujah Pasha in a civil lawsuit in the United States - filed by family members of victims of a November 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, by insurgents - started the downslide in relations, the ISI official said.

    To help repair the crucial relationship, the CIA earlier this year dispatched a very senior officer to be the new station chief who was previously the head of the European Division, one of the most important jobs in the National Clandestine Service, the agency's spy arm.

    The spy agencies have overcome lows before. During President George W. Bush's first term, the ISI became enraged after it shared intelligence with the United States, only to learn that the then-CIA station chief passed that information to the British. The incident caused a serious row, one that threatened the CIA's relationship with the ISI and deepened the levels of distrust between the two sides. At the time Pakistan almost threw the CIA station chief out of the country.
     
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    A simple analogy no offense meant but only to give an overview; when you pay a prostitute you don't ask her what she would like to do but on the contrary ask her to do what will make you happy CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY rules!!!
     
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    you are mistaken...you see pakistan is not a whore but a slut who will bend over for free and expect to receive only tips.
     
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    ^^^Guys, lets be civil when we put our views across. Points can be made with punching below the belt.

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    TARIQ A. AL-MAEENA | ARAB NEWS
    Cracks in decade-old US-Pakistan partnership ArabNews


    Back in 2001 when Pakistani President Pervaiz Musharraf shook hands with his US counterpart George Bush in a partnership on the latter’s war on terror, little did Pakistanis realize that some of that terror would be imported to their soil by their partner.

    There is no denying the underlying resentment with which many Pakistanis view the US-Pakistan relationship: That their country is a reluctant and often bullied US ally dependent on American charity. Ten years on and with a change of government in both countries, those feelings haven’t improved. Today, the chasm of distrust in the infamous alliance between the two allies is deepening.

    The latest incident to prompt this surge of suspicion in Pakistan has been the arrest of an American official, Raymond Davis who has been charged with shooting down two Pakistanis in cold blood on the streets of Lahore. A frenzy of public protests in Pakistan has strained relations to very critical edges. The public’s fury was not allayed by the fact that Davis was arrested with a gun and other security gear, and was driving alone in a run down area of Lahore, where he killed two motorcyclists he claimed were trying to rob him.

    The 36-year-old Davis is a former member of the US Army Special Forces and had been employed by security firm XE Services, previously known as Blackwater. Davis began working for the CIA nearly four years ago, and came to Pakistan in late 2009. He was living with other security personnel at a safe house in Lahore before the shooting incident.

    The Americans immediately claimed that Davis should be granted immunity from prosecution on the basis of his diplomatic status. With each passing day, the rhetoric levels increased with President Barack Obama jumping in to claim publicly that Davis had immunity, and sent over Sen. John Kerry to Islamabad to carry out his message.

    Meanwhile, unnamed officials in Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said that the government has already determined that Davis does not have blanket immunity.

    During his visit, Kerry who is the chairman of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee stated that his purpose was to “help tone down the rhetoric and reaffirm the US partnership with Pakistan,” in the wake of the Davis detention row. But the new revelations of Davis’ CIA affiliation points to something more sinister.

    Some newspapers cited unnamed sources to link Davis with “terrorist activity” and the Pakistani Taleban. It was alleged that Davis actively aided and abetted terrorism.

    The headline in The Express Tribune blared, “CIA agent Davis had ties with local militants.” Quoting an unnamed “senior police official”, the Tribune said that Davis was suspected of masterminding terrorist activity.

    “His close ties with the TTP (The Pakistani Taleban) were revealed during the investigations, and he was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taleban to fuel the insurgency.” The police official said Davis had joined hands with the Pakistani Taleban in a bid to stir up uncertainty in Pakistan and support the argument that its nuclear weapons were not in safe hands. Call records of Davis’ cell phone allegedly establish his link to 27 Taleban militants and a sectarian group known as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the police source said.

    The South Asian news agency ANI reported that — according to Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service — Davis was giving nuclear and biowarfare materials to Al-Qaeda. Davis had been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents or linked with the feared American Task Force 373 (TF373) operating in the region.

    ANI stated that the SVR claimed that the apprehension of 36-year-old Davis had fueled this crisis. Documentation seized after his arrest point to his being a member of TF373 black operations unit currently operating in the Afghan War Theater and Pakistan’s tribal areas, the report said.

    Pakistan says that the duo were ISI agents sent to follow him after it was discovered that Davis had been making contact with Al-Qaeda, after his cell phone was tracked to the Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan, the paper said.

    The most ominous point in this SVR report is “Pakistan’s ISI stating that top-secret CIA documents found in Davis’ possession point to his, and/or TF373, providing to Al-Qaeda terrorists “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents”, which they claim are to be used against the United States itself in order to ignite an all-out war in order to re-establish the West’s hegemony over a global economy that is just months away from collapse,” the paper added.

    A provincial court in Lahore has since given the Pakistani government three weeks to decide whether the US official in custody for killing two Pakistanis has diplomatic immunity as claimed, a delay that has disappointed the United States and could further erode the last vestiges of trust between the two countries.

    Many Pakistanis are outraged at the idea of an armed American rampaging through their second largest city; and have warned of mass protests if Davis is released. Whatever the final outcome, it does not bode well to a decade-old partnership.

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