Detaining CIA moles: Haqqani defends decision

Published: June 21, 2011
Ambassador assures that detained informants would be dealt with as 'friendly intelligence service assets'.

Ambassador assures that detained informants would be dealt with as 'friendly intelligence service assets'.


Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani defended on Sunday Pakistan’s decision to detain five informants who aided the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in tracking down Osama bin Laden.

Haqqani was speaking during a media interview.

The ambassador said 30 people had been rounded up in investigations relating to Osama bin Laden’s raid. He said if there are detained CIA informants, they will be dealt with as friendly intelligence service assets and that the issue would be resolved to the satisfaction of Pakistan’s friends and its laws.

Haqqani explained that the government had taken this action to get a better grasp of the details of the Abbottabad raid. He assured that no one was being punished and the authorities were only trying to find out what exactly had happened. Haqqani claimed that Pakistani intelligence aided the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. He said both countries are now trying to capture the newly-appointed al Qaeda head, Ayman al Zawhiri.

Last week, the American newspaper the Washington Post had reported that around 35-40 people had been picked up by intelligence agencies across Pakistan for facilitating CIA for the May 2 US raid.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2011.

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:18AM

    You should be detained too. Disgraced of Pakistani nation.Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Of course, they should be detained and be handed over to teh mob so that they can be lynched in full public eye and media glare.
    Pakistan had suffered a big loss of trust ! Which terror group is not going to feel safe in Pakistan ?Recommend

  • Ashok
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:29AM

    I couldn’t stop laughing after reading this…man this guy’s job is not easyRecommend

  • MYM
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Why in the world are we defending these actions????
    Haqqani should have simply said that Pakistan will deal with CIA’s Pakistani assets in the same manner as US dealt with Jonathan Pollard (the former civilian intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel in 1987). Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:35AM

    If US Government arrested ISI informants in the CIA would they be treated as “FRIENDLY ASSETS” ???Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:35AM

    There is ‘friendly foreign intel assets’ and ‘unfriendly’. There is good talibs & bad. Good militants & bad. Good & bad aliens. Friendly fire & unfriendly fire from NATO troops. Good rangers & bad. Good ISI & rogue ISI. Good Army & bad. Good RAW/mossad & bad too?

    All these can happen only in pakistan. :(Recommend

  • Colorado NRI
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:45AM

    And the drones are friendly fairies dropping shiny glitter on those darling but mischievous elfs. Such is the reality of today’s Pakistan. Fortunately, Mr. Haqqani simply has his very own alternate universe.Recommend

  • atif
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:49AM

    hahhaha is this defense????????????Recommend

  • Lahori
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:50AM

    Man you guys are hopeless. You lie even after the whole world knows what you are upto. Even kids this days are smarter and know when to not lie. How do you expect anybody respecting you or your nation when you think others are fool to buy your lies. Recommend

  • usman
    Jun 20, 2011 - 11:13AM

    Kick out all americans outta hereRecommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:21PM

    The Ambassador is having one of the toughest jobs in World diplomacy. That Foreign policy is not formulated in the Foreign office but in Rawalpindi does not help. Pakistani diplomats job is like that of a postman always having to carry the unpleasant News and messages. Haqqani has to often defend the indefensible and instead of drawing praise most often has to fend off brickbats thrown at him by the Military Establishment and its stooges. A thankless job indeed !Recommend

  • Fortune Cookie
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:40PM

    Please be carefull!!!! The Allmighty has the final say. Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:40PM

    Arrest all foreigners and their agents in Pakistan…. Recommend

  • bulbul
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:43PM

    It doesnt even look like defense against the dark arts to me =)Recommend

  • malik
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Detained for what?

    For leaking info about the whereabouts of OBL: this means, the army was in the know of OBL’s hideout, and they did not want anyone to know about it.
    For informing CIA and not for informing army : this means, some informants knew about OBL, but not the mighty army apparatus.
    For not helping Army to tip off OBL and helping the golden goose to escape : this also sounds a clear fraud to me.

    Whichever way you look, this is yet another shameful episode in our country !!

  • Abu Abdullah
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:41PM

    Do you have a conscience Mr. haqqani? Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 21, 2011 - 2:29AM

    Arrested for helping locate the most wanted terrorist in the World — could only happen in Pakistan. And you wonder why the World has a poor opinion of you?Recommend

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