ISI chief leaves US after holding talks with CIA

ISI chief was the top Pak official to visit US after the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May.

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2011, 09:17 AM IST

Washington: Lieutenant-General Ahmad
Shuja Pasha, the head of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI,
has left for Islamabad after two days of intense talks with
top officials of the CIA.

During the talks two sides, officials said, shared
their concerns about each other.

While officials from neither the US nor Pakistan were
willing to speak on the record, those privy to the series of
meetings between Pasha and acting CIA Director Michael Morell,
said the meeting was able to address some of the concerns of
both sides.

Noting that the meetings went "very well" officials
from both sides said they agreed to implement on a number of
confidence building measures, as the relationship between the
two spy agency has had deteriorated since the Raymond David
episode, a US diplomat who was arrested on murder charges
early this year.

Pasha, who arrived in Washington on an announced trip
left the city yesterday after having meetings with Morrell and
other CIA officials at its headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

He was the top Pakistan official to visit US after the
killing of al Qaeda Osama bin Laden at his hideout in
Abbottabad in May.

It is understood that the ISI chief raised the issue
of increasing CIA activities inside his country without taking
the ISI into confidence. The CIA, on the other hand, raised
the issue of leaking of intelligence information being shared
with Pakistan, which it argued provides escape route to the
terrorists inside the country.

It is believed that the ISI chief insisted on a joint
operation and sharing of prior operational information with
the US, while there was no such promise from the CIA, which
highlighted the significance of its highly successful drone
attacks.

PTI

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