The relationship between the USA and Pakistan continues to deteriorate. In the latest out of Pakistan, via the Indian Times, media in Islamabad have outed the name of the man who heads the CIA in Islamabad. The planned trip by Zadhari to Washington is now in doubt.
There are several issues that have contributed to this deteriorating relationship including the following:
1) the use of drones to kill terrorists. This has angered many in the villages where the drones have been active, because of the number of “civilians” claimed to have been killed as a result of these strikes.
2) the rise of radicalism in Pakistan has seen an increase in terror bombings that have claimed the lives of more than 35,000 people since 9/11/2001.
3) as a result of the rise of radicalism there has been increased sympathy for OBL, AQ and the Taliban.
4) that sympathy was also felt amongst military and ISI operatives.
5) somebody, probably high up in the chain gave OBL shelter since 2003 (about the time that the rumours claiming that he had died emerged). It is more than likely that after he fled the Tora Boras that OBL was living in an ISI safe house not far from Abbottabad (he lived there for about 2 and half years) prior to the building of the compound.
The IndiaTimes reports:
In a sign of how bad ties are between the two countries, Pakistani media on Saturday once again publicly named the CIA station chief in Islamabad, a breach of both protocol and trust, that is bound to enrage Washington.
A Pakistani TV channel and a newspaper considered mouthpieces of the country’s military said the ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha had met CIA station chief Mark Carlton to protest US incursion into Abbottabad to kill al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. CIA station chiefs remain anonymous and unnamed in public although the host government is told.
Earlier, the Obama administration had asked Pakistan to disclose names of its top intelligence operatives to determine whether they had contact with Osama or his agents.
The latest breach indicates that a section of the Pakistani military-intelligence establishment is determined to run the CIA out of the country fearing that the ISI’s links with terror groups and its sheltering of terrorist leaders will be exposed.
It appears that the ISI do in fact fear that they will be exposed because they have been sheltering terrorists. OBL is only one of the terrorists to have been sheltered by the ISI since 2001. Others, including al-Libi spent time in ISI safe houses prior to their capture.
Another incident that is tied to the push to remove the CIA from Pakistan involved Raymond Davis, the man who shot dead two people that he claimed had attempted to rob him. Here is another likely scenario with regard to the incident: the two men were indeed after Davis, having discovered that he was a CIA agent. They were tasked to kill him, but he discovered that he was being followed and took action. Having been discovered and compromised, Davis was captured by the Pakistani police and then the usual suspects began demanding that he be tried and hung for “spilling Muslim blood”.
The ISI are no doubt angry that the CIA had operated in a safe house not too far from the OBL compound without the ISI detecting that they were there. The possible anger over that situation is also a red flag because it indicates that the ISI knew all along that OBL was located in that compound. To add to this belief, is the fact that OBL had money sewn into his garment as well as two phone numbers (obviously for people who could help him escape).
For a very long time people have suspected that members of the ISI were giving material support to the terrorists and in particular to OBL and the Taliban. Someone has also been informing the Taliban of the movements of UN vehicles which in turn has led to many of these convoys being the subject of an incursion. It will be a good thing when these rogue ISI operatives have been exposed.