CIA not operating in Pakistan: Rehman Malik

Published: June 18, 2011
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Malik said the government will respect the Supreme Court’s verdict on the investigation commission being formed to probe journalist Saleem Shahzad’s murder. PHOTO: FILE

Malik said the government will respect the Supreme Court’s verdict on the investigation commission being formed to probe journalist Saleem Shahzad’s murder. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said that the United States (US) spy agency, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was not operating on Pakistani soil.

Speaking to the media outside Parliament House in Islamabad, the interior minister said that those foreigners who were staying in Pakistan illegally and those with expired visas were being deported. He said that Pakistan was a sovereign state and the government will not allow people arriving on visit visas to work in the country.

Earlier, it had been reported that between 35 -40 people had been picked up by intelligence agencies across Pakistan for facilitating the CIA for the May 2 US raid that resulted in Osama bin Laden being killed in his Abbottabad compound.

Malik said that the intelligence agencies were serving the country and should not be criticised.

Govt to accept SC verdict on Saleem Shahzad commission

Malik said the government will respect the Supreme Court’s verdict on the investigation commission being formed to probe journalist Saleem Shahzad’s murder.

On the resurfacing of the call record data of Shahzad, Malik said that the data had been available and the stories of it going missing were being created to spread negativity.

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) had filed a petition requesting the court to pass an order for setting up a high-powered commission to investigate Saleem Shahzad’s murder to be headed by a high official of integrity who is extended full cooperation.

Security stepped up in Islamabad

Malik said that security in Islamabad has been stepped up and there were more security officials being deployed in civilian clothing. He said the government had removed check posts from across the city earlier, but had brought them back considering the situation and last few incidents in the capital.

He also said that more than 40 security personnel had been killed in Karachi during the last three months.

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  • Jun 18, 2011 - 2:02PM

    People who were caught in Pakistan were basically from Mars Alien Scout Force using caucasian masks.Recommend

  • Talha
    Jun 18, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Whatever this guy says, the opposite is true.Recommend

  • OSINT
    Jun 18, 2011 - 2:19PM

    Classic Rehman….the intelligence agencies were “serving the country” and “should not be criticised.”

    That one is called Parry and Thrust.

    Interior Minister Rehman “NIXON” Malik, I collect EVERY word you utter. Thank you. ;)Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 18, 2011 - 2:35PM

    CIA must be really upset now that they are up against vigilance of Rehman Malik, not to mention he’s got the backing of a Blackberry and Star Wars tactics… they must be very very upset… Recommend

  • Shamy
    Jun 18, 2011 - 2:42PM

    are we to believe him ?Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 18, 2011 - 2:44PM

    JUST LIKE BLACK WATER OR DYNCORP IS NOT OPERATING IN PAKISTAN.!!!!!Recommend

  • Javed
    Jun 18, 2011 - 4:00PM

    What he really meant was, “CIA is not operating in Pakistan. NOT.”

    On a side note, it may imply that CIA is ‘operating’ out of Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Jun 18, 2011 - 4:45PM

    Ohh for GOD’s sake Rehman Malik grow up! you may look like a fool but think of the world and Pakistanis like this. We all have witnessed the Raymond Davis saga and the shame it brought over us.Recommend

  • MH
    Jun 18, 2011 - 5:26PM

    Well, the man did say Osama wasn’t in the building either…. :) Recommend

  • Faction
    Jun 18, 2011 - 5:40PM

    Is he kidding? With all the CIA/raw/Zionist agents in Pakistan doing their suicide bombings, causing floods, smuggling in nuclear materials, etc., they now make up at least 37% of Pakistani society, and growing at the rate of 2% per anum. Has he not noted the kosher delis that have sprouted up in many Pakistani towns over the past 10 years? Who does he think is eating there?Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 18, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Rather than obsessing on the American’s why not clean out the militants who use Pakistan as a safe harbor — clean up your ISI and Military which collaborate with terrorist — vote out the corrupt politicians — toss the Mullahs who promote teach hatred and violence in jail. Recommend

  • Shamashudin Qamar
    Jun 18, 2011 - 5:49PM

    Who believes you? Do not waste your time and our.TOTAL DISBELIEF IN GOP.Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 18, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Disclaimer issued by Rehman Malik that he is only 98% sureRecommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    Jun 18, 2011 - 6:42PM

    Rambo strikes again.

    Kya bolta hai. …………………….Recommend

  • Hammer
    Jun 18, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Mr. Malik Why bother giving statements when you know yourself that the public will not bet a dime on your word Perhaps a short course on “creditably” just may help you. The newer generation is more informed than you may assumeRecommend

  • mahmood
    Jun 18, 2011 - 7:04PM

    Other than finding OBL (something the ISI should have done) what has the CIA done in Pakistan that warrants all this attention? What have the American’s done to warrant all this wrath? If you want the American’s to leave why not just get rid of the militants within Pakistan and assist in providing stability in the region – both Pakistan and the World would be a better place.Recommend

  • Fedupofgovernment
    Jun 18, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Like Imran Khan said about Rehman malik, “He might have intended something and said something else” (not good english ;). Moreover, “we have to keep an eye on Rehman Malik more then anything else”. Recommend

  • Jun 18, 2011 - 7:40PM

    Are they any terrorists operating in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Jun 18, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Is it really so difficult to stop lying?Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 18, 2011 - 9:25PM

    This is just as hilarious as Kayani saying “we have broken the backs of the terrorists”.

    Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership provides comedic relief but not much else. Recommend

  • Dallas Ali
    Jun 18, 2011 - 9:27PM

    What a foolish statement.Recommend

  • camaro
    Jun 18, 2011 - 9:32PM

    This man and whatever he says is not to be taken seriously but laughed away simply because his utterances do not make any sense nor I suspect are they expected to – remember his verbal review of the film “Star wars” on TV screens after the PNS Mehran naval base fiasco – where of course there was no security lapse, courtesy the most solemn pronouncement of Pakistan’s naval chief. Rahman’s adornment of Islamabad’s landscape is a daily reminder- and a painful one at that – to all of us that the present lot of Pakistan’s rulers is a pack of clowns. Recommend

  • buttjee339
    Jun 18, 2011 - 10:45PM

    Do not believe him. He is a compulsive liar.Recommend

  • Ben
    Jun 18, 2011 - 10:56PM

    How innocent of the shrewd home minister. What do you think who is behind the sudden barrage of accusations against the security establishment and who is gunning for Pakistan’s top generals? The CIA is working overtime to discredit two top generals who had the cheeks to tell Obama where he was wrong and who had the audacity to say no to the snobbish super power.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 18, 2011 - 11:09PM

    I guess, Mr Malik, who chooses his words very carefully, meant that CIA is operating ‘on’ Pakistan and is not operation ‘in’ Pakistan.
    He wants to be technically 99.9973 % correct.Recommend

  • AK
    Jun 18, 2011 - 11:57PM

    @Moise
    I beg to differ. They wear Star Wars’ outfits, not caucasian masks. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 19, 2011 - 1:26AM

    Malik, any relation with Afridi or Mush? They all love to hear themselves talking whether it makes sense or not. Good to be in the news all the time? Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:27AM

    Rehman is right, there is no CIA, its the star wars guys & he is 91.87% sure. Our General kuch nahi has broken the backs of these starwar chaps!
    I hope we get ruled by these starwars guys than that of our politicians & Generals! They dont even deserve a place in the recycle bin. :(
    Wished SHIFT+DELETE worked on all these politicians, army & ISI.Recommend

  • saeed ahmad
    Jun 19, 2011 - 9:30AM

    Rehman sahib… can’t believe you are so dumb?

    or it’s that you have a habit of lying all the time on imp matters concerning national security?Recommend

  • dar
    Jun 19, 2011 - 9:47AM

    does any one believe this Goof ??Recommend

  • Ani
    Jun 19, 2011 - 10:35AM

    ‘Baghdad Bob’ i.e. Rehamn Malik, has stopped watching Star Wars movies. Relief! He knows what he is talking about even though no one else believes anything he says! Poor Baghdad Bob. Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Jun 19, 2011 - 11:48AM

    The only Divine person on this planet Rehman Malik and we refuse to believe him. What a shame for us! He is the only one who knows ” Who is who and is where”?Recommend

  • Omar Haroon
    Jun 19, 2011 - 5:23PM

    Wonder if he’s “98% sure” of this or not.Recommend

  • Dallas Ali
    Jun 25, 2011 - 12:12AM

    Next thing he may say is “Chickens have lip’s”Recommend

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