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Ball in CIA`s court to normalise ties with ISI: Report

An unnamed military official was quoted by the Dawn newspaper as saying that the onus was on the CIA to take the relationship back to the level it was at prior to Davis’s arrest last month.



Islamabad: The ball is in the CIA`s court
if it wants to take its relationship with the Inter-Services
Intelligence agency back to the level it was prior to the
arrest of US security contractor Raymond Davis for gunning
down two Pakistani men, according to a media report on Sunday.

An unnamed military official was quoted by the Dawn
newspaper as saying the onus was on the CIA to take the
relationship back to the level it was at prior to Davis’s
arrest last month.

Both the official and chief military spokesman Maj
Gen Athar Abbas refused to comment on or deny reports of a
direct contact between CIA chief Leon Panetta and ISI head Lt
Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

Media reports had said Panetta had spoken to Pasha on
phone regarding the controversial issue of Davis. The ISI had
also sought a list of all CIA operatives in Pakistan, the
reports said.

Relations between the ISI and CIA have been in the eye
of the storm since Western media reports revealed that Davis
was a security contractor working for the CIA.

Reports also said Pasha had sought details of all CIA
operatives in Pakistan during his conversation with Panetta on
Wednesday.

The unnamed military official said the arrest of
another American national from Peshawar, who too is suspected
of being a CIA operative, indicated that many more CIA men
might be operating inside the country without the knowledge of
Pakistan.

"We are doing a lot for them and we must not be
treated the way we are being treated", the official said,
pointing out that there were 80,000 US troops in Afghanistan
that are dependent on Pakistan.

Several political analysts have noted that the
Pakistani military may be using the row as an opportunity to
check US officials and CIA operatives within Pakistan.

The Pakistani military is also not happy with the
liberal visa policy the current government has implemented for
Americans.

The analysts have conjectured that a "quid pro quo for
the release of Davis, if and when it happens, may be more
military supervision of American nationals entering the
country," the report said.

Though former Pakistan Army chief Gen Aslam Beg had
claimed that Davis was heading a team of 3,000 CIA officials
and operatives in Pakistan, a military official told the Dawn
that they were estimated to be in hundreds and not thousands.

PTI

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