Pak: CIA spreads its tentacles in southern Punjab

The Americans are using the diplomatic facade to secure niches for their spies in and around Multan.

Updated: Jul 25, 2011, 12:38 PM IST

Lahore: Operatives of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are reportedly establishing contact with influential figures in the southern part of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The Nation quoted informed sources as saying that these clandestine operations are taking place despite Pakistan refusing permission to the US to establish its consulate in Multan.

The Americans are using the diplomatic facade to secure niches for their spies and hit men in and around Multan, with the aim of weakening Pakistan, the paper quoted the sources as adding.

Security sources informed The Nation that a couple of days back a special US delegation comprising Deputy Political Consular Constance Arvis, Branch Chief Critical Factory Analysis Joint IED Defeat Organisation Daniel Perron, Technical Analysis Chief Robert Best and Pakistan Desk In-charge at US Embassy Amy Flohr flew to Multan from Islamabad on a special plane.

The delegation went to Pak Arab Fertilisers and inspected the plant, where the plant owner who is also former Multan Nazim, Faisal Mukhtar and his brother Fawwad Mukthar briefed them.

The sources said the US team did not shared details of their visit with the Foreign Office, as required under the law.

They simply intimated that some US officials would visit Multan.

Sources informed that as part of their earlier efforts the Americans had purchased one-acre piece of land in Dera Ghazi Khan at a price much higher than the local rates.

But they had to wrap up their plan upon the timely intervention of Pakistan’s security agencies.

The CIA then advised US diplomats to employ middlemen for the aforesaid purpose. Resultantly the land was purchased in the name of some locals and construction was started when again it came on the radar of security agencies, which duly intervened and stopped the project.

Top-level sources in Foreign Ministry said: “In fact, we have received a lot of secret correspondence by security agencies about the CIA operatives’ involvement in a number of nefarious plots against Pakistan. This is the reason we refused them establishment of new consulates.”

The US government had requested the Pakistan to allow them open two new consulates in Quetta and Multan, but the Foreign Office has denied the request.

ANI