After Davis release, CIA touts 'healthy' ties with ISI

Published: March 17, 2011
CIA says relations between the spy services remained strong.

CIA says relations between the spy services remained strong.

WASHINGTON: The CIA said Wednesday it enjoyed a “healthy partnership” with Pakistan’s intelligence service after an American spy accused of murder was freed by Islamabad authorities.

A Pakistan court on Wednesday released the CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, who was accused of double murder, after $2 million in blood money was paid to the families of the dead.

The case had prompted protests in Pakistan and aggravated strained relations between Washington and Islamabad, which had faced calls to stand up to its superpower ally and try Davis for murder.

The Central Intelligence Agency, however, said relations between the spy services remained strong, amid speculation that the case was a result of hostile machinations between the CIA and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

“The agency and our Pakistani counterparts have had a strong relationship for years. When issues arise, it’s our standing practice to work through them,” CIA spokesman George Little said in an email.

“That’s the sign of a healthy partnership – one that’s vital to both countries, especially as we face a common set of terrorist enemies.”

US authorities said Davis was protected by full diplomatic immunity, a claim refuted by the Pakistani government, and a decision on his status was on Monday deferred by the Lahore high court for criminal judges to decide.

A third Pakistani was struck down and killed by a US diplomatic vehicle that raced to Davis’ assistance in the incident.

US officials have said Pakistan’s intelligence agency retains ties to some militiant groups, including the Haqqani network which is blamed for attacks on NATO-led troops in Afghanistan.

The chair of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, has reportedly described CIA ties with Pakistan intelligence as “something less than wholehearted partnership” and that the ISI is “walking both sides of the street.”

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:17PM

    ISI should be renamed as CIA Lite.Recommend

  • A
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Shame on ISI, Army…….they can do anything for Money… and even more. Shame, shame shame…Hate Pakistan. Either the victims were thieves or ISI agents….the real story is undercover….they did/using countless foolish for such type of activities. In Afghan war the same they had use innocents against USSR for 40 billion dollars… even still, in Lal Masjid, and the same was in swat and other area… using countless foolish people …..And earning dollars and darham from UAE etc ….also countless are underground /arrested /put them in bars and killing them like they killed innocents in swat by the name of terrorists actually they are the same innocent but when they get knew the whole drama and starts resistance then they claimed them terrorists and killing g them ………Just wait for the truth. (isi has fail once again)Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:19PM

    But the ties arent as strong as they were during Afghan JihadRecommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 12:59PM

    Sale Sale Sale………anyone can have it Sale Sale Sale.Recommend

  • bunny
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:00PM

    well i am wondering that now….army and so all the agencies will lose thier credibility among Paksitani nation…..our agencies are also sold for few buckss… this dollar what drives our life…self respect and all…Recommend

  • ArmyMan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:00PM

    ISI and Army. These two are the mafias ruling this world. They embrace Jihaad whenever suites them They hug Sufism whenever fits them and resort to Shariah law whenever profitable. The enemy of this country is the army itself. Taking up huge piles of resources to the point that Education only gets 1.2% of the GDP.

    I cannot recall even a single war that this mafia was able to win ever.Recommend

  • Anil
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:17PM

    If you cant recall a win then you need to read the history again or maybe you werent born then, You would believe a US officail when his commnets go against Army. Its not the Army its the family of the victims who took the money… Recommend

  • adeel qadri
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:03PM

    @Anil… You are naive. Its a deal between ISI, army and CIA. victims were just a part of it. and good for them that they chosen to get out of this Jungle. Army has always damaged this country. we lost a very good chance of backing off from america. Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:05PM

    U got there dear!Lol mafia……. get rid of this country.
    Actually Pakistan was founded for elite royal military socalled Pakistan Army.
    Predatory hawks inagurating projects in balochistan.we the bloody
    Civilian are born to security,no education,no health,
    I do remember the words of one chap from this mafia…..I hate losers….
    We the bloody civilians are losers…Recommend

  • Aamer
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:21PM


    Well the family took the money for one case of murder, Army took the money for the case of spying.Recommend

  • Blunt!
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:48PM

    ISI has always been CIA’s puppet! Recommend

  • U
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Pakistan Military … a mercenaries tola!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:29PM

    In fact both ISI and CIA were caught sleeping. Actually both are on the same page and to some extent all premier agencies in the world work very closely on certain issues so don’t blame totally on them. The whole issue was primarily mishandled by the government in Punjab so now variety of excuses will start pouring in and out from all quarters. Some importants in Media houses are playing the role of “Intellectual Prostitutes” as usual and assigned one.Recommend

  • sajjad
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:57PM

    whats wrong with all the nation…what do we want to extract out of it? its the legal heirs right to pardon the agent free of cost or by getting compensation in trillions, who are we to ask questions and give comments.Recommend

  • Anil
    Mar 17, 2011 - 9:16PM

    @adeel qadri:
    Mate I am not naive (dont need a lecture from you) and there is no point writing a whole essay here defending the army, as I love Pak Army and you hate it (thats the way it is). If this Pakistan Army/Airforce/Navy is so bad , they are all “for sale” as per you people then what is your Civilian Gov doing, I know you will blame army for controlling them, but they have access to media why not comeout and openly say that Army allegdly made a deal with CIA. And why dont you all liberal anti Army/Establishment people comeout on street and demand the end of this cruel establishment and be like Switzerland.
    People in this forum blame army for not only the issues in Pak but also the international events. As if it has the capacity of doing all this at one time, whether you like it or not ISI is the first line of defense for Pakistan, but its political role is unnecessary. But again there is no point going on about this matter as you will hate Army and I won’t!Recommend

  • syed kashif Hassnain rizvi
    Mar 17, 2011 - 10:56PM

    To be honestly the family got money and they have legally right to forgive davis, its legal by Islamic law also from QURAN and SUNNAH so no one should have objection on it…that family got money and forgive davis…that is not an issue.
    yes he was doing some negative activities for that he should be punished which is matter for govt. but as every one knows that every Pakistani Govt. took billions of dollers from Usa aid so how its possible for these beggers to refuse Usa…
    its our fault that we only chose ppl from PPP n N league…Recommend

  • syed kashif Hassnain rizvi
    Mar 17, 2011 - 10:59PM

    If any one thinks that family did wrong to take money then he/she should increase his/her knowledge abt Islam…
    This matter is between Allah and that Family….Recommend

  • Kamran
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:16AM

    shame on you Zardari.Recommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Mar 18, 2011 - 6:27AM

    Reports say that Zardari had a meeting with John kerry where he clearly mentioned that I would have left your man out by now had Military establishment and ISI dint force us not to do so. It was clear to US that army is the institution that is not letting an end to appear over this case. The fact of the matter is that this government has totally failed and has caused economy to collapse. This is why US pays us in aid the salaries for the government and the Army in terms of war fund. If they would know that the people we pay are actually opposing us, they would certainly back out their aid. The real culprit is Zardari himself who told them about the Army’s intervention in this matter. Secondly reports say that the local agencies’ joint team had interrogated Davis and got what they were after, Army has sent a message to roll back the espionage and call off their men who are in the field playing havoc. So we shouldn’t just blame everything up on the Army and ISI. It is at least due to them or else Davis wouldn’t have even been to jail for a day!Recommend

  • ozzy
    Mar 18, 2011 - 6:31AM

    stop blaming the army and ISI. this is your govt.
    2 top ministers dead, and zardari is still asking for the cash to get any work done. my god, i just wanna see his bank statement after he is done raping our country.
    all i ask, one bank statement.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 18, 2011 - 7:04AM

    Why would CIA not praise ISI, they are two peas in a pod. Did ISI deliver them or not? Thank God CIA is under civilian control here in my country otherwise we would never know about its activities and it would be out of control like ISI.
    Now Pak army is shedding crocodile tears after the drone attacks, which it has approved for several years and actively support.

    Mirza, USARecommend

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