PTI Blows cover of suspected CIA chief after drone strike

Drone StrikeOne of Pakistan’s major political parties has published the name of what it believes to be the CIA’s chief operative in Islamabad after a US drone strike killed five people last week. The group demanded on Wednesday that the spy chief face murder charges.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), led by the country’s cricket  star Imran Khan, dropped the name of the Central Intelligence  Agency (CIA) operative to police in a letter  in which the  party demanded that the agent face up to the “gross  offence” of the drone strike.

The letter was released to the media. However, the name could not  be independently verified.

I would like to nominate the US clandestine agency CIA  (Central Intelligence Agency) Station Chief in Islamabad … and  CIA Director John O. Brennan for committing the gross offences of  committing murder and waging war against Pakistan,” PTI  information secretary Shireen Mazarisaid wrote in the letter.

“CIA station chief is not a diplomatic post, therefore he does  not enjoy any diplomatic immunity and is within the bounds of  domestic laws of Pakistan,” the letter added. The complaint  was lodged with Tal police station in Hangu district,  northwestern Pakistan.

Intelligence agencies in foreign countries make a habit of  keeping the identities of their agents and operatives private. If  the PTI has successfully named the right person then he may be  forced to leave the country.

This would not be the first time that an American operative has  been outed in the country. In 2010 a former station chief was  forced to leave Pakistan after his name was also revealed during  a drone strike which led to the deaths of civilians.

The drone strike on 21 November was extremely provocative as it  was one of the first outside the Federally Administered Tribal  Areas, in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkwa province, and killed  five militants  – among them a senior commander of the  Haqqani Network.

A separate strike at the beginning of November, which killed  Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, prompted Khan to react  with similar fury over how continued strikes could scuttle peace  talks.

The Taliban held only one condition for the peace talks and  that was that drone attacks must end,” he said at a press  conference. “But just before the talks began we saw this  sabotage.”

CIA spokesman Dean Boyd would not confirm the Islamabad station  chief’s name to the AP and declined to comment on the matter  immediately.


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