ISI chief visits Washington in patch-up trip

Published: April 11, 2011

Lieutenant-general Ahmad Shuja Pasha's visit comes at a time when US-Pakistan joint intelligence operations have been disrupted over a series of disputes. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is visiting his counterpart at the CIA, the agency said on Monday, in an attempt to patch up an alliance considered crucial to winning the war against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.

Lieutenant-general Ahmad Shuja Pasha’s visit comes at a time when US-Pakistan joint intelligence operations have been disrupted over a series of disputes, particularly the case of Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor who shot dead two Pakistanis in Lahore in January.

Pakistan held Davis despite US insistence that he enjoyed diplomatic immunity. He was released last month after the families of the dead men were paid compensation, a custom in Pakistan and sanctioned in Islam.

The ISI offered no details on Pasha’s trip which also comes days after the government extended his tenure for the second time to ensure continuity.

Pasha is generally seen as getting on well with his US counterparts, but he has faced personal embarrassment after families of the victims of the Mumbai 2008 attacks named him and other ISI operatives in three lawsuits filed before a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

The suits allege that the ISI officers were involved with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in planning and orchestrating the Mumbai attacks in which US citizens were among the victims.

Pakistan’s government has said it will “strongly contest” the litigation.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Apr 11, 2011 - 2:40PM

    Hopefully he will give them hell.Recommend

  • DIG.
    Apr 11, 2011 - 3:08PM

    ISI must abstain from relying on CIA !Recommend

  • Qamer Farooq
    Apr 11, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Shameless Army @ Friendly Drones.Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 11, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Had to collect his pay cheque for RD, eh!?Recommend

  • Aamer
    Apr 11, 2011 - 6:30PM

    @TightDhoti

    Is that sarcastic? It should be, anyways.

    I hope this price is a bit higher this time, don’t sell out cheap as usual, we know you will sell out anyways, why not get a good price for once.Recommend

  • adeel qadri
    Apr 11, 2011 - 6:37PM

    To get kicked by CIA chief, as how dare he Kept Raymond davis under illegal custody for 40 days…lolzzRecommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Apr 11, 2011 - 7:00PM

    This world is dependent on give and take and if you take only and nothing to give, you loose respect and ability to sit eye to eye. This time Pasha Sahib, give USA a gift of sincere relation and mean it too, for a change. That will be good for the whole nation. Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 11, 2011 - 7:42PM

    In india if you ask people who is Army chief?? who is Raw chief ?? The only answer you will get We don’t know and We don’t care.. that’s the fact .. ThanksRecommend

  • Apr 11, 2011 - 7:49PM

    @DIG.:
    @TightDhoti:
    The time is right, rely less on the CIA and give them hell (if he is inclined to do so). Or as Nawaz Sharif said very aptly during his first stint at the premiership, “mein dictation nahin loonga.”

    Today’s messed up Pakistan is wholly and solely due to pursuing the ‘shine, glitter and glamour’ the West has to offer. “Hard Work” and “Self Reliance” are two expressions that are non-existent in their glossary. Salams forever.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Apr 11, 2011 - 8:09PM

    Never have understood why Pakistani people defend the ISI – it’s obvious that your own civilian govt has zero control over them and that doesn’t seem to bother anyone – what’s up with that?Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 11, 2011 - 10:15PM

    @DIG.: To whom will then they look at if not CIA. Here our agencies were saying “No money no water” to Raymond Davis and now they will say “No cooperation No Money”. Mishandling of Raymond Davis case by exposing his identity which USA always considers as Top Secret all over the world has annoyed them so much that the President Of USA had to say something which we all know on this matter. Government in Punjab and their sleeping partners of different groups are behind this episode for which our ISI Chief has to do some clarification. Anyhow nexus between CIA and ISI is not new. It has been there in one way or the other since the inception of our country.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Apr 12, 2011 - 1:52AM

    At your service, Boss.Recommend

  • Me
    Apr 12, 2011 - 11:29PM

    @DIG.: OK, give the Billions back. Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Apr 14, 2011 - 2:03PM

    My dear countrymen,
    Beggars are not chosers
    Gen Pasha is begging for peace its the choice of cia …….Recommend

  • humayun ILAHI
    Apr 14, 2011 - 4:14PM

    after the americans leave the region things might begin to heal and this looks closer than we think.DOMESTIC problems in USA are now front and centre . SEE OBAMAS latest on deficit reductionRecommend

  • May 7, 2011 - 8:06AM

    Why we are investing a huge amount of money on Army and ISI.Why they say they are Masters of every thing.We are feeling shame just due to their “Low thinking”.
    Come out as a nation not as group.
    Face the world as nation.
    Why Generals are behind the scene” Come foreword and tell the truth to the nation.” Recommend

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