ISI chief meets CIA station chief
Islamabad: Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has held a meeting with Mark Carlton, the purported Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station chief, in the wake of the United States’ unilateral military operation against al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden inside Pakistani territory, reports Pakistani media.
Tensions are expected to sour even more as Pakistani media aired the name of a man they said is the Central Intelligence Agency`s station chief.
Osama bin Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed on Sunday night in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.
According to sources, in the meeting with the CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pasha protested over not taking Pakistan into confidence on the May 02 raid in Abbottabad, The Nation reports.
Pakistani intelligence officials have given a clear message to Washington that the US would be responsible for the consequences in case of any repeat of such operation within Pakistani territory, the sources added.
Many Pakistanis, upset by their intelligence community`s failure to locate bin Laden, were also angered by their military`s failure to detect the pair of US military helicopters involved in the 40-minute raid at the most wanted terrorist’s sprawling compound.
Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir recently said at a crowded news conference that the US operation, which led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, was a covert operation and that Pakistan’s armed forces were not consulted before carrying out the raid.
“Pakistan has an ‘adequate capacity’ to protect itself and that the CIA-led operation was covert. The helicopters managed to evade our radars. The first information we received was when a helicopter crashed. Then we immediately reacted,” the foreign secretary said in response to allegations that Pakistani intelligence agencies had failed to detect the US helicopters in Pakistani airspace.
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