New CIA station chief arrives in Islamabad
Islamabad: A new undercover Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Islamabad station chief has arrived in Pakistan, indicating the latest move by Islamabad and Washington to repair their troubled intelligence cooperation efforts.
The new CIA Islamabad chief assumed charge a few days back after his predecessor suddenly left the country citing medical issues last month, a Pakistani official confirmed.
However, the main reason behind the previous CIA chief’s exit from the country was attributed to his ‘extremely tense’ relations with Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, head of Pakistan’s top spy agency the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).
He was also believed to have developed serious differences with US Ambassador Cameron Munter on the CIA-led drone campaign in the country’s tribal belt.
The new CIA station chief is the third in the last seven months that the US top spy agency has appointed in Pakistan, The Express Tribune reports.
According to sources, the new CIA chief is believed to have already met senior Pakistani intelligence officials, including Pasha, in a bid to mend the deteriorating ties.