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US, Pakistani spy chiefs hold talks
Tue, 12 Apr 2011 08:57:09 GMT
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ISI Chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha (R) and CIA Director Leon Edward Panetta
Heads of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and CIA have met in Washington, with the Pakistani side calling for a more rigorous supervision over US operations in the country.

In the Monday meeting, ISI Chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha called on CIA Chief Leon Edward Panetta to further clarify the operations of its agency in Pakistan, The New York Times reported.

Meanwhile, reports say US President Barack Obama has rejected Pakistan's demand for clarifying CIA activities in the country.

This comes amid the growing public anger in Pakistan over the release of CIA contractor and operative Raymond Davis by Pakistani authorities despite legal charges pending against him for involvement in the murder of two Pakistani citizens last month.

Shuja Pahsa also asked for submission of the names of CIA operatives in Pakistan and coordination with Islamabad prior to any drone strikes in northwestern regions of the country.

A new report by the Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) shows that over 2,000 Pakistanis have been killed in CIA drone strikes in the past five years, with the vast majority of them innocent civilians.

The airstrikes in Pakistan's tribal regions have intensified since Obama took office in 2009. The US conducted over 120 drone attacks on Pakistani territories last year.

Pakistani sources say US drone strikes have killed 50 civilians for every one militant.

As cooperation between the two allies is nearing a collapse, Islamabad has frequently slammed the US over the drone strikes, saying that they violate its sovereignty.

Some Pakistani officials believe that Washington's real aim in Pakistan is to neutralize the country's nuclear arsenal, which is set to become the world's fifth largest.

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