ISI demands CIA provide list of contractors working in Pakistan: NYT

Published: February 26, 2011
Protestors shout slogans against arrested US man Raymond Davis. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Protestors shout slogans against arrested US man Raymond Davis. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The Inter-Services Intelligences (ISI) has demanded that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) share a list of all its contractors working in Pakistan, the New York Times reported.

Speaking in light of the Rayond Davis case, An official of the ISI told the New York Times the agency believed there were more contractors like Davis working behind the agency’s back.

The unnamed official said that Pakistan was ready to put the Raymond Davis episode in the past and that both agencies needed to continue working together.

“Treat us as allies, not as satellites,” said the official of the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI. “Respect, equality and trust are needed.”

The ISI wants a list of the contractors working for the CIA in roles that have not been defined to Pakistan.

The official also said that some officers in the ISI were not willing to have Davis released, while others wanted to use the case as a bargaining chip to withdraw a civil lawsuit filed in Brooklyn against the ISI Chief.

The behavior of people like Mr. Davis is deeply embarrassing to the ISI because it makes the agency “look like fools” in the eyes of the anti-American Pakistani public, the ISI official said.

Cooperation between the American and Pakistani spy agencies has been scaled back because of the case.

A senior Pakistani intelligence official in Islamabad said the case of Raymond Davis had strained but not broken relations between the CIA and the ISI because the ISI didn’t know about Davis before he shot and killed two Pakistanis on Jan 27 in Lahore.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Feb 26, 2011 - 4:47PM

    As if ISI doesnt’t know already.Acting naive because the secret deal is no more a secret. Aren’t these agents getting their visas approved by Pakistani authorities?Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 26, 2011 - 6:15PM

    It is not up to the ISI to have this Raymond Davis realeased or used as a bargaining chip; it is up to the independent courts to determine his punishment in light of what happened in Lahore.

    People are not going to accept any sort of oily deal.
    Things have to be above board. Recommend

  • Aamer
    Feb 26, 2011 - 7:59PM

    So our ISI has no idea how many CIA agents are present in Pakistan. So much for the no.1 tag. We know very well that ISI is just like our politician, you’ll sell out at the ‘right’ price.Recommend

  • Arsalana
    Feb 26, 2011 - 10:08PM

    I am happy that ISI is waking up from deep slumber.Recommend

  • Arsalana
    Feb 26, 2011 - 10:24PM

    @Natasha S.:

    Our visas are being distributing like candies in Washington,

    All is being done WITHOUT clearance of ISI.Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Feb 26, 2011 - 11:44PM

    I think this solid proof that the men killed by Davis were ISI agents as revealed in a news post in Express Tribune. Our intelligence is getting messy lately and creating big trouble for the country’s international image. Recommend

  • ba ha
    Feb 27, 2011 - 12:01AM

    A noiseless shakeup in the iSI was necessary after exit of Mush.Recommend

  • Aamer
    Feb 27, 2011 - 12:07AM

    Are you saying that with any authority, like being in ISI or being a spokesperson, or are you just sharing your thoughts?

    btw, first time Raymond Davis was cleared by the ISIRecommend

  • Midnight Drummer
    Feb 27, 2011 - 12:33AM

    The ISI does not know how many CIA ‘contractors’ are present in Pakistan, NOT how many CIA ‘agents’ there are. Read the article. There is an important difference between ‘contractors’ and ‘agents’.Recommend

  • Guest
    Feb 27, 2011 - 12:48AM

    Pakistan slips in to controversy after controversy; 9/11, musharraff, political assassinations, judiciary, media freedom, martial law and America. When will this country grow up as an independent republic??Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2011 - 12:56AM


    That is the biggest crap I’ve ever heard. Every foreign diplomat is scrutinized by the Foreign Ministry and the ISI before their visa is approved for stamping. Look up the facts. Stop stating what you hear from random XYZ people.Recommend

  • Lali
    Feb 27, 2011 - 1:50AM

    That’s good sing of improvement. I hope now things will be changed.Recommend

  • Rigel
    Feb 27, 2011 - 3:53AM

    @Arsalana; These candies must be the most expensive in the world becasue it costs over 100 dollars, that said where in the world does the intelligence agencies get involved in issuance of visas?

    I hear those two killed were isi operatives, well when its generals live like saudi princes, why were the 2 poorly equipped and trained? We should be questioning our agencies because they take more than a lion share of the budget.

    Tariq Ali predicted sometime ago, there appears to be a divide in our armed forces and he feared it will grow. Now that divide is very appearant and it is getting wider.Recommend

  • John
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:06AM

    If CIA does not provide the list what would ISI do?

    As far as American Govt is concerned that there are no CIA contractors or operatives in PAK.

    It is not the CIA problem that ISI looks like a fool in front of anti-American PAK public.

    Can PAK Govt afford an another show down like RD with US?

    No intelligence agency gives the names and list of its operatives to any one. Recommend

  • Moise
    Apr 11, 2011 - 2:10PM

    @Natasha S.:
    Ministry of Interior and Haqqani issued visas to them.Recommend

  • Moise
    Apr 11, 2011 - 2:12PM

    Interrogate Hussain Haqqani, he can tell you where all the visas went to these American terrorists.Recommend

  • Qaisar Abbasi
    Apr 20, 2011 - 12:25PM

    I S I is a Pakistani Security Agency working hard to save Pakistan form any external and internal threat. But our Political governments, Previously Army Government are working for CIA it is very difficult for ISI to tackle these threats at this situation. Recommend

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