Pak dismisses US media report about major`s arrest

Pak military dismissed as `totally baseless` a US media report which claimed that an army major was among those who provided information to the CIA.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011, 20:44 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistani military on Wednesday
dismissed as "totally baseless" a US media report which
claimed that an army major was among five arrested informants
who provided information to the CIA ahead of last month`s
American raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

In a brief statement, a spokesman for the Inter-Services
Public Relations "strongly refuted" the news report, saying
"there is no army officer detained and the story is false and
totally baseless."

The New York Times had quoted American officials as
saying that the ISI had arrested five Pakistani informants who
fed information to the CIA in the months leading up to the
raid that killed bin Laden in Abbottabad.

The report said the detained CIA informants included a
Pakistan army major who "copied the license plates of cars
visiting bin Laden`s compound in Abbottabad."

The daily contended that the development was the latest
evidence of the fractured relationship between the US and
Pakistan.

The fate of the arrested informants is "unclear" and
CIA Director Leon Panetta raised the issue when he travelled
to Islamabad last week to meet the Pakistani military and
intelligence leadership, the report added.

PTI