Pak ISI believes US gunman was with CIA

An ISI official said the shooting incident had damaged ties with the CIA.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 14:29 PM IST

Islamabad: A Pakistani intelligence official said on Monday that an American official arrested last month for killing two men on motorcycles was working undercover for the CIA.

"It is beyond any shadow of a doubt that he was working for CIA," an official from Pakistan`s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency said on condition of anonymity.

The official said the shooting in broad daylight at a busy junction on January 27 in the eastern city of Lahore and Pakistan`s subsequent arrest of Raymond Davis had damaged relations with the Central Intelligence Agency.

"He`s on contract. He`s not a regular CIA guy, but he`s working for CIA. That`s confirmed," the Pakistani official said.

"He was sort of working behind our backs. Normal CIA guys -- we know who they are. We interact with them regularly. We know they`re CIA, but in this particular case we had no knowledge of him," the official added.

The Obama administration has insisted that Davis is an “administrative and technical official” attached to its Lahore consulate and has diplomatic immunity.

However, based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, the Guardian reported that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier was employed by the CIA.

The newspaper said that Davis’ role in the country is under speculation because of the equipment police confiscated from his car: an unlicensed pistol, a long-range radio, a GPS device, an infrared torch and a camera with pictures of buildings around Lahore.

“This is not the work of a diplomat. He was doing espionage and surveillance activities,” Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said, adding that he had “confirmation” that Davis was a CIA employee.