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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: Raymond Allen Davis : CIA's Man in Pakistan Reply with quote

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'Blood money' frees CIA Contractor in Pakistan

By BABAR DOGAR Associated Press
LAHORE, Pakistan—A CIA contractor who shot and killed two Pakistani men was freed from prison on Wednesday after the United States paid $2.34 million in "blood money" to the victims' families, Pakistani officials said, defusing a dispute that had strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.
In what appeared to be carefully choreographed end to the diplomatic crisis, the U.S. Embassy said the Justice Department had opened an investigation into the killings on Jan. 27 by Raymond Allen Davis. It thanked the families for "their generosity" in pardoning Davis, but did not mention any money changing hands.

The killings and detention of Davis triggered a fresh wave of anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and were testing an alliance seen as key to defeating al-Qaida and ending the war in Afghanistan.
The tensions were especially sharp between the CIA and Pakistan's powerful Inter Services Intelligence, which says it did not know Davis was operating in the country. One ISI official said the agency had backed the "blood money" deal as way of soothing tensions.

Small groups of protesters took to the street in major cities after nightfall, briefly clashing with police outside the U.S. consulate in Lahore, where officers fired tear gas at men burning tires and hurling rocks. Some called for larger protests Friday after noon prayers.

Davis, a 34-year-old Virginia native, claimed he acted in self-defense when he killed the two men on the street in the eastern city of Lahore. The United States initially described him as either a U.S. consular or embassy official, but officials later acknowledged he was working for the CIA, confirming suspicions that had aired in the Pakistani media.

The United States had insisted Davis was covered by diplomatic immunity, but the weak government here, facing intense pressure from Islamist parties, sections of the media and the general public, did not say whether this was the case.The payment of "blood money," sanctioned under Pakistani law, had been suggested as the best way to end the dispute.

Given the high stakes for both nations, few imagined either side would allow it to derail the relationship. The main question was how long it would take to reach a deal.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said Davis was charged with murder Wednesday in a court that was convened in a prison in Lahore, but was immediately pardoned by the families of the victims after the payment.

Reporters were not allowed to witness the proceedings.

"This all happened in court and everything was according to law," he said. "The court has acquitted Raymond Davis. Now he can go anywhere."

U.S. officials said Davis left the country soon after his release from jail.
Raja Muhammad Irshad, a laywer for the families, said 19 male and female relatives appeared in court to accept the $2.34 million.

He said each told the court "they were ready to accept the blood money deal without pressure and would have no objection if the court acquitted Raymond Davis."

Representatives of the families had previously said they would refuse any money.

Arsad Mansoor Butt, who had earlier represented the families, accused Pakistan's government of pressuring his former clients; he gave no details.

Some media reports said the some of the families had been given permission to live in the United States.

Irshad said that was not discussed in court.

The case dominated headlines and television shows in Pakistan, with pundits using it to whip up hatred against the already unpopular United States. While the case played out in court, many analysts said that the dispute was essentially one between the CIA and the ISA, and that they would need to resolve their differences before Davis could be freed.

One ISI official said CIA director Leon Panetta and ISI chief Gen. Shuja Pasha talked in mid-February to smooth out the friction between the two spy agencies. A U.S. official confirmed that the phone call took place.

Pasha demanded the U.S. identify "all the Ray Davises working in Pakistan, behind our backs," the official said.

He said Panetta agreed "in principle" to declare such employees, the official said, but would not confirm if the agency had done so.

A second ISI official said as a result of that conversation the ISI—which along with the army is a major power center in the country—then backed an effort to help negotiate the "blood money." The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed

to give their names to the media.

CIA Spokesman George Little said the two agencies had had "a strong relationship for years."

"When issues arise, it is our standing practice to work through them. Thats the sign of a healthy partnership, one that is vital to both countries, especially as we face a common set of terrorist enemies," he said.

Davis' wife, Rebecca, speaking outside her home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, said she had heard of the release of her husband but did not have time to speak.


This just makes me sick. Once again the U.S. Gvt. gets away with murder if the price is right.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but wait......
let's hear from Fox News first

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/16/pakistani-court-reportedly-frees-jailed-cia-contractor/


The Mideast
Clinton Denies 'Blood Money' Helped Free CIA Contractor in Pakistan
Published March 16, 2011
| FoxNews.com
"The United States did not pay any compensation," Clinton told reporters in Cairo, according to Reuters.

In what appeared to be carefully choreographed end to the diplomatic crisis, the U.S. Embassy said the Justice Department had opened an investigation into the killings on Jan. 27 by Raymond Allen Davis. It thanked the families for "their generosity" in pardoning Davis, but did not mention any money changing hands.

The killings and detention of Davis triggered a fresh wave of anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and were testing an alliance seen as key to defeating al-Qaida and ending the war in Afghanistan.

The tensions were especially sharp between the CIA and Pakistan's powerful Inter Services Intelligence Agency, which says it did not know Davis was operating in the country. One ISI official said it had backed the "blood money" deal. There appeared to be little public backlash as night fell in Pakistan.




The United States had insisted Davis was covered by diplomatic immunity, but the weak government here, facing intense pressure from Islamist parties, sections of the media and the general public, refused to acknowledge the protection.

The payment of "blood money", sanctioned under Pakistani law, had been suggested as the best way to end the dispute.

Given the high stakes for both nations, few imagined either side would allow it to derail the relationship. The main question was how long it would take to reach a deal.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said Davis was charged with murder Wednesday in a court that was convened in a prison in Lahore, but was immediately pardoned by the families of the victims after the payment.

Reporters were not allowed to witness the proceedings.

"This all happened in court and everything was according to law," he said. "The court has acquitted Raymond Davis. Now he can go anywhere."

Raja Muhammad Irshad, a laywer for the families, said 19 male and female relatives appeared in court to accept the money.

He said each told the court "they were ready to accept the blood money deal without pressure and would have no objection if the court acquitted Raymond Davis."

Representatives of the families had previously said they would refuse any money.

Some media reports said the some of the families had been given permission to live in the United States.

Irshad said that was not discussed in court.

The case dominated headlines and television shows in Pakistan, with pundits using it to whip up hatred against the already unpopular United States. While the case played out in court, many analysts said that the dispute was essentially one between the CIA and the ISA, and that they would need to resolve their differences before Davis could be freed.

One ISI official said CIA director Leon Panetta and ISI chief Gen. Shuja Pasha talked in mid-February to smooth out the friction between the two spy agencies. A U.S. official confirmed that the phone call took place.

Pasha demanded the U.S. identify "all the Ray Davises working in Pakistan, behind our backs," the official said.

He said Panetta agreed "in principle" to declare such employees, the official said, but would not confirm if the agency had done so.

A second ISI official said as a result of that conversation the ISI -- which along with the army is a major power center in the country -- then backed an effort to help negotiate the "blood money." The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to give their names to the media.

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Nice spin by Faux News. Excellent reporting by the CIA central disinfo "News Agency". Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the CIA and ISI negotiated their way out of
that nasty little incident using a well known and very
effective social lubricant: large bundles of money.

Thanks for the headsup, guys.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Drones celebrate Raymond release by killing 41

Ansar Abbasi
Friday, March 18, 2011


ISLAMABAD: Within 24 hours of the shameless release and handing over of the American double murderer Raymond Davis to the US, Washington gifted Pakistan with one of the deadliest drone attacks in North Waziristan, killing more than 40 innocent tribals attending a Jirga.

While the country was in a state of mourning over the shame earned by the political and military leadership to please the Americans on Wednesday, the US resorted to the deadliest drone attack on Thursday ever since the Raymond Davis issue had occurred.

Davis’ arrest on January 27, 2011 led to the immediate halt of drone attacks, which remained discontinued till February 20, 2011. Till March 16 when Davis was released, almost six drone attacks were carried out in Waziristan by the Americans killing around 32 alleged militants. However, on Thursday, the US thanked the Pakistani nation for the extraordinary favour by killing more than 40, all of whom are reportedly to be participants of a Jirga at Dattakhel. Those killed were not even suspected militants.

For the first three weeks of Raymond’s arrest, not even a single drone attack had hit the country though these attacks had been a daily routine. The Predator attacks, which have so far killed over 2,000 people since 2004, however, restarted in the third week of the last month but the casualties in each attack remained around half a dozen. Before Raymond’s arrest, a total of 11 drone attacks were reported during January 2011, killing 49 people. At least, 10 people were also wounded in these attacks. All drone attacks were carried out in the North Waziristan Agency.

The drone campaign had killed 938 people in 132 attacks during the year 2010. On an average, each month of the last year witnessed 11 drone attacks and killing of 77 people. As such, there was no significant change in intensity of drone attacks in the New Year till Raymond Davis issue emerged.

However, as soon as Raymond was returned to the Americans, the intensity of the killing increased. The first US drone attack inside Pakistan was carried out against the Taliban commander Maulvi Nek Muhammad on June 18, 2004. It was the only attack during the year. There were only nine attacks reported from 2004 to 2007. Out of them, six were carried out in North Waziristan. President Bush had intensified the drone campaign inside Pakistan during the last year of his tenure. Consequently, 34 such attacks and killing of 296 people was reported during the year 2008. It was expected that newly-elected President Obama would review the US drone policy. But he not only continued it but also intensified it to an unprecedented level. Therefore, the US killed 709 people in 53 drone attacks in the year 2009. Due to weak public and government reaction to these attacks in Pakistan, the US government was encouraged to increase the intensity of the drone attacks to unprecedented level in 2010, killing 938 people in 132 attacks. So far — from 2004 to January 31, 2011 — the US drone campaign has killed at least 2,200 persons in over 245 attacks in Pakistan.

While these drone attacks are in clear violation of the country’s sovereignty, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) No 7 Division, North Waziristan Agency, Maj-Gen Ghayur Mehmood, surprised many here by saying that drone attacks are effective in tribal areas and the people killed in these attacks are mostly terrorists not innocent people. The general’s view was, however, in friction with the US statistics that the vast majority of those killed by drone attacks are neither high value targets not terrorists.


http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=4700&Cat=13&dt=3/18/2011

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a cynical move resuming drone
attacks now that their 'boy' is out.

Sickening.

The money deal hasn't gone down well among the people.

I posted this in the b4News twitter feed:

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Fury in Pakistan Over Release of CIA Agent Who Killed Two
http://bit.ly/hbRdXi

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Spy game: The CIA, Pakistan and 'blood money'

Chris Arsenault Last Modified: 17 Mar 2011

The case of Raymond Davis has all the trappings of a 21st century
spy novel.

It is a story of murder, prison and clandestine payments, starring a burly
former US Special Forces soldier tangled in a murky web of intelligence
agencies, competing diplomats and – differentiating his case from Cold
War spy sagas – shady private military contractors.


Pakistani authorities released the CIA contractor from prison on
Wednesday, after families of two motorcyclists he killed in January were
paid a reported $2.3mn in "blood money".

Details surrounding the case are sketchy at best: a series of claims and
counter-claims from various diplomats, agencies and organisations which
are almost impossible to independently verify. And the stakes are high.


Privatising conflict

"The case highlights the fact that the US is engaged in a covert war in
Pakistan - a country it has not declared war against," says Jeremy
Scahill, author of Blackwater: the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful
Mercenary Army.

Davis, 36, once hustled for Blackwater, the controversial military
contractor responsible for killing civilians in Iraq, which has since been
rebranded as Xe Services LLC.

"He worked for Blackwater when the company was working on the
drone bombing campaign with the JSOC [Joint Special Operations
Command], and the CIA against high-value individuals in Pakistan
,"
Scahill told Al Jazeera.

Davis owns Hyperion Protective Consultants, according to ABC News. The
firm sells surveillance equipment and provides clients with "loss and risk
management professionals".

In the new world of intelligence, individuals can wear several different
hats, often at the same time.

"In theory, it would be cheaper to have government agents do the work
contractors are doing: they don't get paid as much and there is no
dedicated profit margin," says Eamon Javers, author of Broker, Trader,
Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage.

"There is a huge open question about the legal jurisdiction these
contractors are operating under in war zones. They are not accountable
to US military justice, as special ops would be," Javers told Al Jazeera.


[ S N I P ]


Intrigue

The intrigue concerns the identities of the men Davis killed - and the
nature of his mission.


"Some suggest Davis was trying to document links between Pakistan's
Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) and Lashkar-e-Taiba
[the
Army of the Pure], which would expose the ISI's links to the Mumbai
attacks [of 2008]," says Khan. The US and UN Security Council have
designated Lashkar as an international terrorist organisation.

In February, Leon Panetta, the CIA director, said the ISI-CIA relationship
is one of the "most complicated" he has encountered during his time in
intelligence.

"If Ray Davis was targeting Laskhkar or trying to establish links
between it and Pakistani intelligence, that would be probably one of the
most sensitive places to hit the ISI
," says Jeremy Scahill, the author
and investigative journalist.

In a US federal court in New York, a lawsuit was filed in 2010 against
the ISI for backing the Mumbai attacks
. Davis's conclusions could
have damaged more than the ISI's public image. US tax dollars paid to
Pakistani security forces under the auspices of fighting terrorism, not to
mention a major financial settlement, could be at stake.

Christine Fair, the Georgetown professor, says two high-level Pakistani
officials told her that the men Davis killed were ISI agents tasked with
following him
.

Davis worked out of a safe house in an obscure part of Lahore as part of
a CIA cell investigating Lashkar, Fair says.

"The CIA cooperates with the ISI on certain issues," Fair says. "But
these organisations also operate against each other. This is spy versus
spy."


The origins of Lashkar can be traced to US support for forces fighting
against the Soviets in Afghanistan during the 1980s, Khan says. Today,
the group operates openly in Pakistan from a sprawling compound in the
suburbs of Lahore, where it runs schools, hospitals and a blood bank.
Hafiz Saeed, the group's leader, is a frequent commentator in the
Pakistani press.......


The ISI and some other branches of Pakistan's government see Lashkar
as an important tool against India in Kashmir, a province claimed by both
India and Pakistan, says Muqtedar Khan.......


Pakistan also worries about Indian dominance in Afghanistan after the US
pulls out, and wants Lashkar ready to fill the vacuum of American power,
Khan says.........

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/03/2011317131348571552.html


The above is a great read, but it's such flagrant propaganda
as to highlight our long-expressed doubts about the role and
nature of AlJazeera
.

Essentially the article uses journalist Jeremy Scahill to repeat
a CIA propaganda line about ISI collusion with terrorists. The
problem with that is not that there is no such collusion, but that
it's a surface level treatment of a deeply complex issue.

A new article published in the Pak Tribune in the last couple of
days presents an alternative view of the Davis case. I'm not
saying the article below is definitive, but it's leagues ahead of
the crude AlJazeera propaganda
:

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CIA-ISI cold war and Davis episode

Thursday March 24, 2011 - by Asif Haroon Raja

ISI-CIA cooperated with each other throughout the war against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in 1980s. The latter never felt offended on being kept in the backseat concerning planning; coordination, training, equipping and launching of Mujahideen were concerned. The US provided intelligence, funds, arms and fighters from other Muslim countries only.

The ISI was eulogised and given due credit for the successful conclusion of the war. Its stature grew so high that it was seen as the most potent and effective spy machine in the region and second to none. After 1990, when the US hastily abandoned Pakistan and consequently Pak-US relations got strained, ISI also came in bad books of the US and ignited CIA-ISI cold war. During the two short tenures of PPP, an effort was made to shorten the long arm of the ISI.


After 9/11, when America in concert with Israel, India, UK, Germany and Afghanistan went about pursuing its agenda it had fixed for Pakistan with the help of intelligence agencies, it found Pak Army and ISI as major bottlenecks in its way to reach up to coveted nukes. CIA took full control of intelligence acquisition and dissemination and kept ISI on the sidelines so as to be able to gain control over selected regions of FATA and Balochistan. Anti-state elements were cultivated to destabilize these regions.

Two pronged propaganda [wars were] launched against Pakistan and its premier institutions by India and Afghanistan duly backed by USA and western countries. All terrorist attacks taking place in the two countries were pasted on ISI. It included terrorist attack on Indian parliament in December 2002, Samjhota Express train blast in 2006, suicide attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul in July 2008 and several others in India.

CIA started targeting ISI from end 2007 onwards when the latter learnt about double game being played by former and started to recover lost ground. Apart from unleashing vicious vilification campaign, the US tried hard to cut ISI to size by placing it under Ministry of Interior headed by its own man and also getting it purged of anti-US officers under the plea that they were sympathisers of Taliban. Wild allegations were made that the ISI was linked with Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammad. It was accused of playing a double game. When the ISI didn`t budge and continued to shield national interests, RAW, Mosad and CIA jointly engineered Mumbai attacks in November 2008 with the sole aim of netting ISI. Case was gradually built up to get it declared as a rogue outfit.

The US tilted towards India and blackmailed Pakistan. Latter was pressured to accept all demands of India. The US played a key role in getting passed a resolution by UNSC to put Jamat-ud-Dawa and its four leaders on list of terrorists. When no headway could be made, several group attacks were launched against ISI set ups in various cities. In November 2010, the US Federal Court issued summon to DGISI Lt Gen Pasha and senior members of LeT for the alleged involvement in Mumbai carnage.

In response to a complaint lodged by one Kareem Khan from North Waziristan that his son and brother had been killed by a drone on 31 December 2009, when on 16 December Islamabad Police moved to register murder case against CIA station chief in Pakistan Jonathan Banks, who was supervising drone campaign, Jonathan fled to USA. The US media suspected ISI involvement in blowing up CIA cover in retaliation to US court move.

ISI-CIA relations hit rock bottom once CIA agent Raymond Davis was arrested in Lahore on 27 January after he shot down two motorcyclists in Lahore. His arrest blew the lid off the covert CIA operation in Pakistan. Realising the gravity of the situation, the US applied its crude methods of coercion and also played the diplomatic immunity card to secure Davis`s release without any investigation and trial. Obama, Mullen, Munter and CIA chief Panetta tried both threats and persuasion to get him released but failed. Arrest of another US national Aaron Mark de Haven in Peshawar pretending to be security contractor gave a glimpse of the scale of US spy network in Pakistan. Despite extreme pressure Punjab government and Lahore court stood their ground asserting that process of law will not be allowed to be subverted.

It was dishonest on part of Obama and US officials to lie blatantly that Davis was a diplomat knowing that he was not. Their mantra of full diplomatic immunity was sheer deceitfulness. They resorted to lies since the US has mostly been getting away with their ruses, deceit and falsehood. None bothered to clarify as to why a diplomat was carrying Glock and Bretta pistols, loads of ammunition, hand grenade and other spy gadgets.

Sudden release of Davis on 16 March came as a rude shock for the people of Pakistan. His release has renewed the waning confidence of spies and under cover agents of CIA to continue with their dirty work. They will however now be a bit more careful never to get caught. CIA would be busy devising schemes how to prevent such a recurrence which had caught the most powerful agency with pants down. Task of ISI to identify foreign spies will now become more tedious since it will be chasing alerted agents.

Pakistan will never ever get another chance wherein the US was put on the defensive and had no clue how to get Davis released after their salvo of diplomatic immunity misfired. Davis was at the breaking point and sooner than later would have divulged all the nitty- gritty details about CIA-Mosad-RAW network in Pakistan, its linkages with local quislings, NGOs and terrorist groups, and Blackwater racket, and how close the CIA was in stealing or disabling our nukes.

Our rulers have once again kneeled down under pressure and sold national interests too cheaply. For the people it is an irreparable loss for Pakistan and amounts to compromising our national honour and dignity. They feel cheated and let down since they were not taken into confidence when striking a secret deal with USA. For the rulers, it is a win-win situation. They argue that Pak-US relations at state, military and intelligence levels at the brink of break up have sailed past the rough patch; US aid and IMF loan flow would resume; US-Pak-Afghan summit would take place, Pak-US strategic dialogue would restart. In their view, decision taken by Session Court was strictly in conformity with Sharia law; all the heirs of deceased Fahim and Faizan have willingly accepted blood money and forgiven the accused; families of victims have been richly compensated and amount dished out to each one is beyond their wildest expectations.

The government is taking pride in tackling a very complex case smoothly since custody of Davis was like handling a ticking live bomb. Rulers say that all this was made possible because of intimate cooperation and coordination of the Federal government, Punjab government, Army chief, DGISI and law courts in Lahore. This kind of harmony between state organs is a rare phenomenon in ongoing restive environment. However, the ruling regime known for its indecisiveness and for underhand deals to please USA or extract commissions was this time caught between the devil and the deep sea.

On one side was incensed USA twisting its arms and on the other side were overcharged public and hyper media together with cries of the victims` families who wanted Davis to be hanged. Publication of revealing stories about presence of hundreds of Davis type CIA and Blackwater agents had given rise to fears and had triggered heated debate. Finding itself in a logjam, the leadership maintained an ambivalent posture by neither confirming nor denying whether Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity. While Gilani desiring to oblige the US reluctantly affirmed that legal mechanism would be allowed to prevail, Government machinery on the quiet kept working on the option of blood money.

Leaving aside sentiments and emotions for a while and opening the window of reason, logic and rationality, one will have to accept that the case was handled deftly. Keeping Davis in an isolated room in secluded Kot Lakhpat Jail for seven weeks in the face of extreme pressure, putting him on ECL, charge-sheeting him on double-murder and possession of illegal arms and ammunition, and not bending to US demand of releasing Davis forthwith on the basis of diplomatic immunity was not easy given the poor track record of our rulers.

Till John Kerry`s visit, the attitude of all American officials was conceited and threatening. Each one indulged in tongue lashing on basis of diplomatic immunity. When no headway could be made, Kerry was dispatched to play a soothing tune of conciliation and bring back Davis. He put up a soft face and dangled carrot as well as stick but seeing the ugly mood of the public he considered it prudent to return back empty handed. He passed on the idea of blood money as taught to him by Hussein Haqqani, which sounded appealing to many.

The US leadership was contemplating punishing Pakistan for causing discomfiture to one of its citizens. The entire top brass of USA as well as CIA frothing at the mouths and fuming with anger had to change their demeanour of haughtiness to conciliation and appeasement. Realising the complexity of legal course, it kept the option of payment of Diyat uppermost. It was ironic that the US had to ultimately seek relief for their man from Islamic law which it reviles from the bottom of its heart. Notwithstanding habitual arrogance of US leaders towards compliant leaders of third world, release of Davis may help in making them more compassionate and understanding towards the Muslim countries.

Gen Kayani expressed his serious concern to senior military leadership of USA at Oman. He forthrightly asked them that instead of seeking Davis release they should clarify whether his anti-Pakistan activities were justified and whether USA or Pakistan is playing a double game. CIA which was behaving like a rampaging bull in a chinaware shop has for the first time started to listen to ISI`s security concerns expressed by Lt Gen Pasha and has agreed to bridle its agents let loose in Pakistan and curtail its shady activities. Panetta has ceded to ISI`s request of furnishing full details of all under cover agents working in various guises and has reportedly repatriated over 35 of its operatives. This exercise is equally important for USA to ensure security of its citizens working in Pakistan in the backdrop of raised tempers of the public. While it will be naïve to expect the CIA to transform itself from a devil into a saint, it is fair to assume that in future its covert operations will be undertaken with due care and caution and it may show greater sensitivity to Pakistan`s concerns. We on our part should tone down our expectations and lessen our economic dependence on USA to hope for mutually sustaining relationship........

http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?237551


Quote:
Davis case: LHC summons CCPO Lahore over ‘missing’ families

March 21, 2011

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed CCPO Lahore
Aslam Tareen to appear in court on March 22 and present a report on the
disappearance of the families of Faizan Haider and Faheem, the two
young men who were shot dead by CIA contractor Raymond Davis on
January 27, DawnNews reported.

The heirs of the two youths went missing after they allegedly received
blood-money for pardoning Davis.


On March 18, Advocate Malik Munsif Awan, a former lawyer of the
families, had filed a petition seeking the recovery of the missing families.....

http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/21/davis-case-lhc-summons-ccpo-lahore-over-‘missing’-families.html


See Also:

Quote:
Talks in Washington to pave way for strategic dialogue
http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/26/talks-in-washington-to-pave-way-for-strategic-dialogue.html

US to recall 331 'diplomatic staffers' as per secret Davis release deal with Pak
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/us-to-recall-331-diplomatic-staffers-as-per-secret-davis-release-deal-with-pak/articleshow/7793821.cms

Raymond Davis 'was acting head of CIA in Pakistan'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8340999/Raymond-Davis-was-acting-head-of-CIA-in-Pakistan.html

Pakistani intelligence service warns relationship with CIA is at breaking point
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8345121/Pakistani-intelligence-service-warns-relationship-with-CIA-is-at-breaking-point.html

Further evidence that Raymond Davis is CIA operative
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8339633/Further-evidence-that-Raymond-Davis-is-CIA-operative.html


Another illuminating article by Asif Haroon Raja:

Quote:
Growing vandalism of CIA led foreign agencies in Pakistan

Monday March 14, 2011 - by Asif Haroon Raja

Apart from its agenda in Afghanistan, the US had defined objectives set for Pakistan as well. Under the ruse of alliance, America wanted to denuclearize Pakistan and turn it into a compliant state subservient to India. For the accomplishment of its objectives, the US in connivance with Israel, Britain and India chalked out a comprehensive covert plan spread over 7-8 years to weaken it from within.

On the pretext of helping Pakistan's agencies in tracing and nabbing Al-Qaeda and Taliban runaways as well as those harboring them, a secret deal was struck with Gen Musharraf in December 2001 and later renewed in March 2008 that CIA and FBI operatives would be allowed complete liberty of action and immunity from criminal jurisprudence to operate in any part of the country and provided full cooperation by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Under the plea of keeping a watch on terrorists and netting them, CIA and FBI established Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The two agencies soon took complete control over intelligence gathering and dissemination and marginalized the role of ISI and MI. These FOBs became spying and clandestine operations hideouts to destabilize FATA and Balochistan. Their task was not to control terrorists but to fan terrorism, sectarianism, ethnicity and separatism by subverting the loyalties of people, cultivating agents within militant and criminal groups and using them for assassinating important personalities, clerics and pro-government tribal elders and for sabotage and subversion. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in FATA and Baloch Liberation Army in Balochistan were the creation of CIA duly helped by RAW. Banned Jihadi groups were goaded to join up with TTP.

Blackwater elements under the supervision of CIA started operating in Pakistan from 2008 onwards under various guises with a view to expand covert war in major urban centres, pass on information about sensitive installations, gain maximum information about nuclear facilities and draw road maps leading to these sites. DynCorps Pvt Ltd Security Company run by a retired army captain was an offshoot of Xe-World (new name of Blackwater) or Xe Services. Its main office was established in Islamabad and its main function was to distribute weapons procured from abroad.

Xe-Services also had a proper recruiting and training centre in a hired house with a large compound at Sihala next door to police academy. This facility was opened to train the police but it was misused to train a local force for multiple purposes and to keep a close eye on Kahuta nuclear plant. Retired army and police commandoes and ex soldiers were hired on handsome salaries and trained for providing local intelligence, security duties and protection of private contractors and safe houses. Group attack practice to militants was imparted in this building. Sihala centre and Dyncorps office were closed after public protests and media pressure, but Interior Minister maintained all along that there was no Blackwater operative in Pakistan.

Another training centre was opened at Warsak to train Frontier Corps but was used for other purposes as well. Trainers were under cover CIA operatives and were linked with a private residence hired in Peshawar University Chinar Road converted into a safe house. Xe Services provides security contractors to CIA. USA, Israel and India fund this Company since the private contractors act as double agents and execute clandestine operations for the three countries.

Xe-Services elements as well as CIA, FBI, Mossad and RAW agents including over 1000 under cover operatives of US Special Forces work in tandem and are still active in provincial capitals and are responsible for escalating incidents of terrorism. These elements are behind most terrorist attacks including attacks on mosques, shrines of saints and religious places. In addition, a specially trained force of 3000 ex Afghan soldiers trained by CIA had been inducted in FATA sometime in 2007/08 to carryout target killings of pro-government and anti-US notables and sympathizers of anti-US militants and also to beef up TTP.

Aid under Kerry-Lugar Bill was designed to induct greater number of agents belonging to Special Operations on the pretext of coordinators and distributors of funds for approved projects. CIA agents belonging to US Special Forces started slipping into Pakistan in various garbs. Large numbers of private houses were hired in 2009 in Islamabad and provincial capitals to accommodate new faces.

Under cover CIA agents posing as diplomats, officials, businessmen, consultants and security contractors are provided official residences in posh areas duly protected by Blackwater security guards; they move in official cars with diplomatic number plates. Each one of them comes well trained and well equipped. They are given heavier perks, privileges and pay compared to US military personnel engaged in combat in Afghanistan. Since these undesirable elements under fake identity have sneaked in without scrutiny and in big numbers and fanned out in different urban centres, it becomes that much problematic for security agencies to track them.

The US and Indian Embassies in Islamabad as well as consulates have become dens of espionage within Pakistan and safe houses for Raymond Davis like terrorists. The so-called diplomats and staff posted in US and Indian Embassies and consulates are mostly involved in espionage. US media has disclosed that Davis was part of a covert intelligence network involving hundreds of spies operating in Pakistan without the knowledge of security agencies. Death of three US Special Forces trainers in Lower Dir as a result of suicide attack, arrest of Davis in Lahore, and Aaron Mark De-Haven from Peshawar and identification of Jonathan Banks as chief supervisor of drone attacks and detection of Blackwater activities gives an idea about the scale of organized CIA network in Pakistan.

The US plans to convert its embassy in Islamabad into the biggest and most modern embassy in the world surpassing its Baghdad Embassy. 16 acres of extra land has been acquired and work is underway. It plans to station 1000 Marines and greater number of CIA and Blackwater elements along with APCs, large fleet of vehicles including Humvies and other latest gadgets so as to expand its intelligence network and improve its staying power as well as its quick reaction capability. This force can also act as the staging section to guide the main assault group against a specified target. Pentagon has made contingency plans for quick seizure or destruction of our nuclear arsenal.

US Consulates in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi as well as Xe Services offices are connected with several Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC) and FOBs. Based on policy guidelines received from US Ambassador in Islamabad, the JSOCs plan, coordinate and monitor the activities of field operatives as well as provide intelligence for drone strikes. Efforts are now in hand to open another consulate in Quetta to be able to add fuel to the dying fire of separatist movement led by a small band of Baloch rebels. Pressure on Pakistan to mount an operation in North Waziristan is with a devious intent. Departure date from Afghanistan has not been extended by USA to 2014 to convert its defeat into victory but to steal Pakistan�s nukes.

There have been numerous cases wherein the US diplomats and officials have been found breaking the law of the land in Islamabad and in Lahore. Some were in possession of unlicensed and prohibited bore weapons, grenades and explosives and traveling at ungodly hours of the night. Each time they were apprehended by the police, they were let off scot-free. The Interior Minister has always been coming to the rescue of the culprits, while our Ambassador in Washington Hussein Haqqani assists the undesirables in obtaining visas and getting clearance from Foreign Office.

If the going still gets tough, the PM or the President removes all bottlenecks created by ever watchful ISI. It is owing to our over keenness to keep Washington pleased that our rulers feel no qualm in violating own laws and rules. Laxity in abiding with rules and regulations has resulted in massive inflow of US citizens with criminal background.

Heavy inflow of undesirable American citizens from 2008 onwards without proper checks at Embassy's end was objected to by ISI after several incidents of terrorism took place in Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore in which hand of Blackwater was visible. Certain US officials involved in suspicious activities and deported from Pakistan had been re-issued visas by our Embassy in Washington. Raymond Davis was twice declared persona non-grata and sent back and yet he managed to return to Pakistan and this time he killed two Pakistanis.

On repeated complaints of ISI when restrictions were imposed on issuance of visas and credentials of each entrant were checked, Washington pulled a long face and resorted to its usual practice of threats asserting that aid under Kerry-Lugar Bill will get affected. Based on the complaint of Hussein Haqqani that the ISI and Foreign Office were causing unnecessary problems in clearing visas of US nationals, Rahman Malik prevailed upon PM Gilani and convinced him to issue an executive order in July 2010 empowering Haqqani to issue visas to Americans without any scrutiny.

Our Embassy in Washington issued 500 visas in one week and has ever since continued to issue visas freely. Record of visas issued in last three years indicate 3528 in 2008, 3784 in 2009 and 3555 in 2010. It is not known as to how many out of 11567 visas issued by Haqqani are CIA, Mosad and RAW agents under the garb of diplomats. Despite the spy network been exposed, the US is still unwilling to wind up and withdraw it�s under cover agents in hundreds from Pakistan. Ongoing spate of bomb and suicide attacks gives rise to suspicion that under cover agents are resorting to yet another kind of pressure tactics to get Davis released.

Hussein Haqqani owes an explanation to 170 million people of Pakistan for dispatching faceless CIA agents wearing numerous masks to Pakistan and endangering their lives. He got the rules on visas relaxed and did away with basic verification and security checks of visa applicants. He did this merely to please USA but in the process allowed hundreds of Raymond Davis type assassins to play havoc in Pakistan. He and Rahman Malik are mainly responsible for this inexcusable offence and must be held accountable. Gilani should be asked as to why he blindly agreed to illegal request made by Haqqani and recommended by Malik. He should cancel the executive order forthwith. It is high time that we gird up our loins and get rid of the foreign assassins as well as snakes in the grass at the earliest.

http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?237188

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