Monday, July 18, 2011
CIA Will Resume Its Operations In Pakistan
CIA will resume its normal operations in Pakistan in return for the US spy agency sharing with the Pakistanis more information "in theory, at least" about what its operatives are doing in the country under new rules agreed by the intelligence chiefs of the two countries.
In an article published on Monday, citing US and Pakistani oficials, gave out some more details of the outcome of the recent meeting in Washington between ISI chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha and CIA's acting director Michael Morell, saying there was now renewed cooperation between the feuding “odd couple” of intelligence.
David Ignatius, the noted Post columnist and author, wrote, "The token of renewed cooperation: The Pakistanis have approved 87 visas for CIA officers working in the country that will bring the agency back toward normal operations in Pakistan, after what both sides say was a low point after the January arrest of CIA contractor Raymond Davis. He was seized in Lahore after killing two Pakistani surveillant; he was released after the CIA agreed to pay more than $2 million in 'blood money' to compensate the families of the two victims.
"Under new rules of the road, the CIA in theory, at least will share with the Pakistanis more information about what its operatives are doing in the country. Sources say, for example, that joint CIA-ISI counter-terrorism operations have resumed.