Islamabad: The Pakistani military on Friday
refuted reports that elements in the security forces tipped
off militants about the CIA locating two bomb-making factories
in Waziristan tribal region, allowing the rebels to escape.
A spokesperson of the Inter-Services Public Relations
"strongly refuted" reports in the media quoting unnamed US
sources as saying that "elements in the Pakistan security
forces tipped off terrorists, helping them to escape the
purported IED factories in Waziristan".
"This assertion is totally false and malicious and the
facts on ground are contrary to it," the spokesperson said.
Intelligence was received regarding four compounds
suspected of being used as facilities for making improvised
explosive devices, the spokesperson said.
"Operations were launched on all. Two were found to be
used as IED-making facilities and have been destroyed.
Information on the other two proved to be incorrect. Some
persons have been arrested and they are under investigation,"
the spokesperson said.
Reports in the US media had said CIA chief Leon
Panetta had confronted Pakistan`s military leadership with
evidence of collusion between militants and Pakistani security
officials during a visit to Islamabad on June 10.
During a meeting with Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq
Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence head Lt Gen
Ahmed Shuja, Panetta presented evidence of the alleged
The CIA had passed intelligence in the past few weeks
to its Pakistani counterparts on the two IED-making facilities
but when Pakistani forces raided the facilities, the militants
had disappeared, the media reports said.
Panetta showed the Pakistani military leaders
"satellite and other intelligence that the CIA believes is
evidence of Pakistani security`s efforts to help Islamic
militants based in Pakistan", ABC News quoted US and Pakistani
officials as saying.
He shared a "10-minute edited video that shows the
militants evacuating two bomb factories in Waziristan", Time
magazine quoted its sources as saying.
One of the bomb factories was based at Miranshah in
North Waziristan and the other in South Waziristan.
Intelligence cooperation between the US and Pakistan
virtually came to a stop after the May 2 American raid on the
garrison city of Abbottabad that killed al Qaeda leader Osama