ISI chief visits Washington in patch-up trip

Lieutenant-general Ahmad Shuja Pasha's visit comes days after the government extended his tenure for the second time.


Reuters April 11, 2011

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.

COMMENTS (16)

Ali | 10 years ago | Reply 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."
humayun ILAHI | 10 years ago | Reply 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 reduction
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