Wary of attacks inside Pak, ISI seeks CIA accord

Relations between US and Pakistan have deteriorated significantly since the US’ raid killed Osama.

Islamabad: Pakistan’s premier spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has asked the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to sign a written contract ruling out future attacks inside Pakistani territory.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan have deteriorated significantly since the US’ unilateral military raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad hideout on May 02.

A senior security official said that the ISI wanted a formal agreement on paper - ruling out future attacks on Pakistani soil, for example - in order to restart the relationship, The Scotsman reports.

"Rather than word of mouth or a handshake, we have got to have things written down," he said. "We need to formalise things, saying this is what we will do and this is what you will do."

The ISI wants the CIA to sign a written contract that would govern co-operation between the US and Pakistan and rule out unauthorised missions.

The new contract would also call into question the CIA`s secret drones programme, which is hugely controversial in Pakistan, where they are blamed for killing hundreds of civilians and infringing the country`s sovereignty.

Anger in Pakistan first boiled over in January when a CIA agent, Raymond Davis, was arrested for shooting dead two men in Lahore, the report said, adding that Pakistani officials were outraged at what they said was a covert agent operating without permission from Islamabad.

Davis was eventually released in March after blood money worth 200 million rupees was paid to the families of his two victims, averting a deeper crisis.