Sunday, May 29, 2011

Patch up: Gilani says ISI, CIA conduit is back

By punem sexesena : LAHORE: In a sign of thawing relations between the estranged War on Terror allies, Pakistan and US, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that ties between the ISI and the CIA have improved following the raid in Abbottabad.
Talking to journalists in Lahore, Gilani said Pakistan will continue intelligence sharing with the US. However, he said that Washington had been told in clear terms that a repeat of Abbottabad raid would not be tolerated.
Gilani said the two governments had yet to resolve their differences on the policy of drone strikes.
He also said that Islamabad had sought help from the US to overcome energy crisis.
Relations with the US in general had turned sour after subsequent incidents involving a US contractor arbitrarily shooting two men in Lahore in January, and then a covert US operation deep inside Pakistani territory that killed al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in early May.
The relations between CIA and ISI had broken down to such an extent that the Prime Minister himself declared in a TIME magazine interview that the cooperation between the two intelligence agencies had broken down. Pakistan ultimately ended up asking the US to recall all troops stationed in Pakistan.
However, after numerous attempts from both sides to assuage the critical relationship, it appears that the two agencies are set to work together again. High profile visits over the past week and half including CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, the US Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Last week a group of CIA investigators were allowed to access to Osama bin Laden’s compound for nearly four hours.

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