Three dozen visas for CIA officers

Published: June 23, 2011
Visas part of an agreement to rebuild counterterrorism efforts by forming a joint intelligence team. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Visas part of an agreement to rebuild counterterrorism efforts by forming a joint intelligence team. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Pakistan has pledged to grant more than three dozen visas to CIA officers as part of confidence-building measures following the US raid in which al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and humiliated Pakistan, officials from both countries said on Wednesday, but the visas have not yet been issued.

An Associated Press report says that the visas are part of an agreement to rebuild counterterrorism efforts by forming what Pakistani officials call a joint intelligence team, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

The agreement was reached after talks in Islamabad between ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and CIA officials, including Leon Panetta, the officials said.

The visas will help replenish CIA staff on the ground, as some staffers were forced to leave when their visas were not renewed in the aftermath of the controversy over CIA contractor Raymond Davis, the US official said.

There will also be some additional officers allowed in to join the joint intelligence effort to hunt high value al Qaeda targets, the official added.

Despite promises from Pakistani officials, the visas have yet to be issued, officials from both sides said. The Pakistanis say it’s simply a matter of time but would not say when they would be given.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd,  2011.

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Jun 23, 2011 - 9:48AM

    Our country is becoming worse than Somalia. Why dont our leaders and Kiyani learn from US history. US has worsen the situation of any country they went in. I think now the people should fight CIA & US themselves as our military forces and govt has actually put on “bangles”.
    We dont want no not a single CIA man on our land, period!Recommend

  • bulbul
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:04AM

    You are wrong. The Visa’s will help in getting more Raymond Davis like people to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:10AM

    and then we complain about the likes of Mr Davis…Recommend

  • Enraged
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:10AM

    Not again . . . . Recommend

  • khauf.
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Does pakistan have the courage to deny them.. Recommend

  • Junaid Alam
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:34AM

    are we more than stupids? I mean, that’s impossible to understand!Recommend

  • saba kamran
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:39AM

    if this program is going to help us in defeating these terrorists then so be it! At the moment Pakistan is in dire straits and if some country is trying to help us i see no harm in that.Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:58AM

    & there will be people like Roflcopter who will accuse others asking for accountability from our leaders as Indian agents.
    I want the Army to tell us the facts & the vision for the next 20 years as to when this war will end. What are they going to do with the militancy & radicalism? Are they going to take control of all regionsof our territory?Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:09AM

    and then when a brig ali khan stands n speaksout…. he s called a fundamentalist extremist =)Recommend

    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:10AM

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

    Source. This Publication.

    That was ‘Then’ June 18,2011 this is ‘Today’ June 23,2011

    WOW Rehman, Providing me with GREAT Stuff, Thank You kindly, into the Folder it goes.

    Now thats Comedy !Recommend

  • Sunny Deol Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:37AM

    We should hire Indian Sunny Deol to get them out of our Piaray Wattan.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:56AM

    It is showing under the table/inside matters are going well between ISI & CIA.. Only they are fooling emotional Pakistani Nation through Media.. If USA orders for three thousands visas, we can not refuse them in the name of so called terriosm.. What ever Pakistan is now truely a COLONY of USA… so keep up becuase Nation has no time as they are fighting for their daily breads all day and in night cursing WAPDA for ELECTRICTIY .. 75% nationa is now PSCYO PATIENTS …… remianing 25% is ELITE CLASS to rule these patientsRecommend

  • Jun 23, 2011 - 11:56AM

    I like the spin on crackdown on CIA due to terrorism inside Pakistan spun into OBL raid differences.

    As for new visas I think dollar means more than our security. Recommend

  • Ba ha
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:22PM

    Set up a investigation unit in USA just like Israel and screen visas carefullyRecommend

  • Good guy
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Pakistan has no choice, they want USA donation than has to accept CIA on Pakistan soil, Beggar has no choice………

    All statement from Kayani, Zardari, Rehman, malik or any body that we are not co-operating with
    USA is Just to making fool to Pakistani people. They has no choice but need to accept all
    USA ‘s condition.Recommend

  • Zahid Qureshi
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Why not give visas to MOSAD and RAW also ? Let the Head of RAW have a meeting with respectable Pasha and RAW will be our guests also ….as now CIA will help us curb terrorism

    “Mir kia sada hain beemar hoay jis kay sabab,
    usse attar kay larkay say dawa laitay hain ”

    a not very good effort to translation for english readers,

    “Mir how naive are you
    that you seek cure from the one causing maladies”Recommend

  • Think
    Jun 23, 2011 - 2:42PM

    @Zahid Qureshi. reading your comment i dont need to write anything more…Recommend

  • aqel
    Jun 23, 2011 - 3:06PM

    i wonder when we are deciding to announce visa free entry for every american on earth to pakistan? Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Jun 23, 2011 - 5:24PM

    I can see whole mindset of ours is completely different than the entire civilized world. There are two ways to accept these basic things;
    1. Accept aid and expertise sincerely (I mean sincerely) and get best of it that we haven’t been doing. Our ISI and military can learn a lot from CIA personnel’s and they have in the past and get rid of rogue and fundamentalist elements in the Military and Madrisa. Have morel courage and accept mistakes and make a U-Turn with open mind (although painful, Japan and Germany did that) and take a path to progress.

    Or just deny everything and be isolated and become a rogue country. Bring Taliban and every other contractor of Islam and be like North Korea, Libya, Sudan, Burma and post Soviet Union era of Taliban in Afghanistan to name a few.

    In the case of accepting with sincerity can make you like Germany, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan to name a few.
    Choice is our own but election of this choice can be in wrong hands.Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2011 - 5:30PM

    I believe Kayani is compromised over the extension he got. The government would certainly not refuse a single visa, but the Army should have had declined the request for more visas. 36more CIA agents mean 36 more Raymond Davis and the local moles they install is a separate issue.Recommend

  • Lt. Qadeer
    Jun 23, 2011 - 5:35PM

    I pitty this nation and its fate. Its us who really needed to change the system rather than putting the used political parties on throne again. Compromised governments and military leaders cant ever deliver. We in the young officers lot are not satisfied with the challenges the US aid brings with it for us (soldiers) to face.Recommend

  • Syed Qaiser k. Ahmed
    Jun 23, 2011 - 7:32PM

    What kind of visa’s do these special people get?
    1,Single entry
    2,Multiple entry.
    3. Normal visa’s oR Diplomatic visa.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 23, 2011 - 7:34PM

    @saba kamran:
    CIA… help ? Just one advice: see CIA’s activities in any country they are/were involved. From South America to the Middle East, and tell, have they ever helped anyone ? In Nicaragua, in order to make the legitimate rebels look bad, they ‘disguised’ themselves as such, and followed a ‘manual of terror’ (and I’m not even joking – the 300+ pages book is now available to the public.)Recommend

  • Karka
    Jun 23, 2011 - 7:49PM

    I agree with bulbul lets do it!Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 23, 2011 - 8:04PM

    What the….Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 23, 2011 - 8:05PM

    Other can catch OBL and his ilk what has the CIA done that warrants such nasty criticism from Pakistan — unlike your own intelligence agency there not killing and torturing your journalist nor are they target killing people who say things nasty about them.Recommend

  • Victory
    Jun 23, 2011 - 8:24PM

    @Junaid Alam:
    Yes. This is true.Recommend

  • Balma
    Jun 23, 2011 - 8:40PM

    If some of you still like to read, here are few books which will help you understand how things work:

    1) White Mughals
    2) The Last Nizam (first half of the book)
    3) The last Mughal

    Conclusion that can be drawn from these books: Don’t blame East India company, blame your own leaders of the past – stupid, narrow minded, uneducated, corrupt, greedy, and ignorant.

    And, then move 100-200 years forward, to the current era and you will see how much stupid, how much narrow minded, how much uneducated, and how much corrupt, greedy, and ignorant the current leaders and generals and brigadiers are.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 24, 2011 - 7:07AM

    @saba kamran:
    Is it really going to help us??? I have my doubts but then lets wait and see.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 24, 2011 - 7:12AM

    Just 3 dozen visas??? Come on make it free for all, anyone who has an agenda against Pakistan should be allowed to roam freely in Pakistan and do anything they want to , just like the Chechens, Uzbecks, ugly Americans and Indians.Recommend

  • Psudo_Echo
    Jun 24, 2011 - 7:53AM

    : What has CIA done?”
    Seriously? Compared to CAI , ISI , RAW etc are neophytes in the game.
    CIA also happens to be the biggest drugs conduit in the history. How else
    do you think they financed the good” extremists” against USSR? Not to mention
    life attempts on various leaders( remember Castro’s poisoned cigar?) financing Coups ( remember Democratic Govt. on Iran in the 50’s. let me know when you want me to stop.
    Karms is a b^%$h and the US has it coming, unfortunately.Recommend

  • Think
    Jun 24, 2011 - 11:42AM

    We have forget to become surprised. Secret Agents are being given official approval….Why dont we take a hammer and crush our head with it.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 25, 2011 - 12:27AM

    The deal is done by our beloved, blessed and “Innocent” ISI that’s why its legitimate and makes sense in the name of NATIONAL SECURITY. If it would be done by a civilian govt, it would be a furor and an act of treason. Why don’t we accept that our armed forces are basically business entrepreneurs whose only interest is to make DOLLARS in the name of NATIONAL INTEREST. O’ I forgot what i am saying could make me the next Saleem Shahzad.Recommend

  • naeem khan
    Jun 25, 2011 - 3:06AM

    How in the world Zardari,Kayani,Pasha.Malik,jilani and other NROd are going to keep their ill gotten money in US,UK and Swiss banks, and sure enough that Pakistani ambassador to US is in cahoots with them and if anyone thinks that Mr.Haqqani is coming back to Iive in Pakistan ,they are living in the dreamland.I recall one obnoxious lawyer in New York City said few years ago about Pakistanis that they will sell their mothers for money.Well, the above mentioned gentlemen are selling the country for money. Thousands of Pakistani soldiers and civilians has been killed on behalf of US war on terror but still US congress and Hillary Clinton are mouthing off and smarting against Pakistanis.One BIG REASON IS THAT THE RULING CLASS IN PAKISTAN HAS NO SELF RESPECT OR SHAME. How could Zardari stay as President, it is just mind boggling.In the US, the citizens,post men and businesses are empowered to report to the police any suspicious activities of foreigners and specially middle eastern looking people, it does not matter whether they are innocent or not.It is time that Pakistanis should start doing the same to European looking people and report their movement constantly to the authorities. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY PAKISTANIS COULD MONITOR AND CURTAIL THE ACTIVITIES OF CIA.THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.CITIZENS GOT TO GET TOGETHER NOW BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT AND THE ARMY HAS SOLD OUT THE COUNTRY.Recommend

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