American Terror and Anti-Americanism in Pakistan
Is CIA Leading the American Diplomacy in Pakistan?
By Saleem Bokhari
Raymond Davis, the American who killed two innocent Pakistanis in the provincial metropolis on January 27, had links to the CIA, confirmed sources in the country’s premier intelligence agency.
ISI sources told The Nation that the conduct of the CIA around the tragic incident has “virtually thrown the partnership into question”. They said: “Irrespective of the commonality of objective in the war on terror, it is hard to predict if the relationship will ever get back to the level it was prior to the Davis episode. The onus of not stalling the relationship between the two agencies now squarely lies on the CIA.”
To a question, the sources said: “The ISI and the CIA enjoy a professional relationship that has grown stronger over the years. There have been ups and downs, but to say that the ties are the worst since 9/11 would be incorrect. Neither are the ties alarming. Pakistan is doing all that is within its means and capacity to combat the menace of terrorism and our track record speaks for itself.”
About the drone attacks that have killed hundreds over the past months, the sources said these attacks come under “an autonomous CIA operation and Pakistan or the ISI has never provided any target information for drone strikes.”
The sources rejected the misperception fuelled by TV talk shows that information about the targets was being provided by Pakistan. They put to rest aspersions that drone attacks came to a halt after the Davis episode because Pakistan had stopped providing information about targets.
To another question, the sources said: “Pakistan is at present fully engaged in operations against the Taliban in South Waziristan and does not have the wherewithal or the capacity to undertake a simultaneous operation in North Waziristan, which could only be tackled once gains in the South have been consolidated.”
The US has been mounting pressure on Pakistan to launch an offensive in North Waziristan without a delay.
About the allegation that the ISI is protecting and relocating the Haqqanis, the ISI sources dispelled it as “complete insinuation”. The sources said: “Such stories, to the best of our knowledge, are leaked to the media with the connivance of the CIA and it’s regrettable that the CIA leadership on many occasions failed to show respect to the relationship between the two agencies and acted in arrogance towards the ISI, which has only resulted in weakening the relationship.”
The sources said: “It is unfortunate that the CIA leadership fails to understand that the ISI works and will continue to work for national interest regardless of the CIA’s stance.”
To a question, the sources said: “The CIA’s outdated approach of exerting pressure is counterproductive and will result in isolation of the CIA in an operational environment where its performance has been found wanting. This approach has offered more questions than answers.”
The ISI sources said that the enemies have started a propaganda campaign against Pakistan in order to defame it. Baseless allegations are being leveled against the country, they added.
Meanwhile, a report in the EU Times online newspaper said Raymond Davis has been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents that point to him or a US task force (TF373) operating in the region, providing Al-Qaeda terrorists with “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents”.
The report, quoting Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), said: “Top-secret CIA documents found in Davis’s possession point to him, and/or TF373, providing Qaeda terrorists with ‘nuclear fissile material’ and ‘biological agents’ to be used against the United States itself in order to ignite an all-out war in order to reestablish the West’s hegemony over the global economy that just months from collapse.”
The report carried an SVR warning that the situation in the subcontinent has turned “grave” as it appears open warfare is about to break out.
The report said Davis was discovered making contacts with Qaeda after his cell phone was tracked to the Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
“The combat skills exhibited by Davis, along with documentation taken from him after his arrest, prove him being a member of the TF373 black operations unit currently operating in the Afghan War Theater and Pakistani tribal areas, and comprised US Military Special Forces soldiers, CIA spies and freelance mercenaries,” said the report.
Indicating how the US creates a particular atmosphere to implement its agenda, the report cited Operation Northwoods. According to the report, Operation Northwoods was a series of false-flag operation proposals that originated within the United States government in 1962. “The proposals called for the CIA, or other operatives, to commit acts of terrorism in US cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro. One part of Operation Northwoods was to develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in Florida cities and even in Washington,” said the EU Times report.
Operation Northwoods proposals, it said, included hijackings and bombings followed by the introduction of phony evidence that would implicate the Cuban government. The report also referred to the US Department of Homeland Security’s grim warning that the threat of terror strike on America is at a higher level than it has been since September 11, 2001, and the WikiLeaks release of secret US government cables that Qaeda is on the brink of using a nuclear bomb.