`US agency asked to unmask all its covert operatives in Pak`

Pak agencies asked the US to "come clean" about "covert operatives".

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 23:56 PM IST

Islamabad: The American arrested by
Pakistani authorities on charges of living in Peshawar without
valid travel documents is a government security contractor and
intelligence agencies have called on the US to "come clean"
about their network of covert operatives, according to a media
report.

Aaron Mark DeHaven was arrested in the posh
University Town area of Peshawar yesterday and booked by
police under the Foreigners Act. A court today remanded him to
judicial custody for 14 days.
Reports said DeHaven is married to a Pakistani woman
and had been running a company in Peshawar that rented
accommodation in the city for American citizens.

DeHaven is a security contractor who recently worked
for the US Embassy in Islamabad, Britain`s The Guardian
newspaper reported today.
DeHaven was arrested as another court in Lahore began
the murder trial of another American, CIA contractor Raymond
Davis who was arrested last month after he shot and killed two
men.

Little is known about DeHaven except that his firm ?
Catalyst Services, which also has offices in Afghanistan and
Dubai ? is staffed by retired US military and defence
personnel who boast of direct experience in the "global war on
terror".

According to its website, the firm offers services
like "full-service secure residences", protective surveillance
and armed security.

DeHaven`s arrest came amidst a "worsening" spy agency
row between the two countries, with Pakistani intelligence
calling on the Americans to "come clean" about their network
of covert operatives in the country, the report said.

A senior unnamed ISI official told the Guardian that
the CIA must "ensure there are no more Raymond Davises or his
ilk" if it is to repair the tattered relationship between the
two spy agencies.

"They need to come clean, tell us who they are and
what they are doing. They need to stop doing things behind our
back," the ISI official was quoted as saying.

PTI

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