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250 US officials ordered to leave Pakistan

Pakistan has sent a letter to the US Embassy in Islamabad, asking it to phase out over 250 US officials in 30 to 40 days, a private TV channel quoting sources reported Tuesday.These Americans have been involved in high level espionage and anti-state activities while hiding under their working garbs.Pakistan has also restricted movement of all foreign diplomats in the country following the unilateral Abbottabad raid by US special forces to kill CIA Asset Osama bin laden for the 4th time in the last decade.It said US Ambassador Cameron Munter is coming back to Pakistan after cutting short his holidays to deal with the emerging situation. ReadMore…
Another Blatant violation of Pakistani law, the US military officials in two vehicles entered the provincial capital without any no objection certificate (NOC) and broke police blockade on motorway toll plaza here on Sunday.Sources said that two US vehicle bearing registration number SV-754 and SV-316 were on their way to Peshawar from Islamabad when police flagged down but they sped up their vehicle to crush police personnel. However policemen narrowly escaped while both the vehicles broke the police blockade and later entered the US consulate in Peshawar. ReadMore…
A US consulate vehicle was stopped by security personnel at a checkpost in Peshawar near Khalid bin Walid Park,bulletproof Land Cruiser when they were stopped because they were carrying expired No Objection Certificates (NOC).The vehicle was also carrying two registration number plates. ReadMore…

Pakistan has recently refused permis-sion to the United States to  establish a consulate in Multan, A similar request to open a consulate in Quetta was also denied.
The authorities concerned are tight lipped. They would not like to go into details. However, it is reliably learnt that this policy formulation is unani-mous among the ruling elites. It has to do with the hyperactivities of the US intelligence operatives in Pakistan, which go at variance with the national security. Following the episode of Raymond Davis and the Geronimo Operation of May 2, it was de-cided to minimize the presence of US intelligence in Pakistan.
US intelligence operatives spent huge money drawn from Kerry Lugar bill to recruit local influential people for spying services in gross violation of international norms. ReadMore…
Pakistani authorities recently detained the USZ Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, at Islamabad airport. Pakistani officials said they were enforcing a rule that requires all foreign diplomats to have a “No-objection Certificate” (NoC) for travelling outside Islamabad. Mr Munter was stopped at Benazir  Bhutto International Airport and was questioned about the document, while he was travelling to Karachi last week. The envoy “strongly protested” the incident, which was subsequently taken up with President Asif Ali Zardari, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has rejected US plea seeking permission for parking five US planes at Benazir International Airport,Head of Investigation cell Asif Bashir Chaudhry said that earlier the US planes were parked at Pakistan military airbase but after soaring of ties between both the countries the planes have been removed from the airbase.Earlier American Embassy had contacted to Aviation Wing, ministry of Interior for acquisition of NOC for the planes and offered the ministry to use the planes at time of need,The Nation reported.
The issue of US envoys’ movement in Pakistan would be settled properly and reciprocity is an option to deal with such matters.“He (Grossman) said that American diplomats are free to travel, that there are certain regulations and requirements that the Pakistani Government has informed us about, and we’ll try to figure out how to meet those. ReadMore…

Pakistan optimistic China to replace US as world power

An international survey forecast that China either will replace or already has replaced UnitedState as the world’s superpower, state media said.The majority of those surveyed in developing economies, such as Pakistan, Mexico and China, are optimistic that China will replace the United States as the world’s dominant power.That sentiment is also largely shared in Western Europe countries, such as France, Spain, Britain and Germany, all of which report percentages of more than 60 percent seeing China overtaking the US with the highest in France at 72 percent. Readmore…
Pakistan Courts China as US Announces Military Aid Cuts
US is withdrawing some $800 million in military aid from Pakistan looks to do more serious harm to US-Pakistani relations, but if administration officials expected the “rebuke” to be met with an act of contrition from
the Pakistani military, they were mistaken. Readmore…
China builds Pakistan’s case for NSG membership
China is learnt to have questioned India’s membership proposal before the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on grounds that an exception should not be made for just one country. In a clear attempt to build a case for Pakistan too, China has told the 46-member grouping that all potential candidates must be considered for membership, reported Indian Express  Readmore…
China praises Pakistan, downplaying risk of rift
Ma Zhaoxu, said his government stood by Pakistan, in comments apparently intended to quash any notion of a rift over the attack in Xinjiang, where members of the Uighur minority have protested against Beijing’s control and the Han Chinese presence.“Pakistan is an important front in the international fight against terrorism, and has made an outstanding contribution to battling terrorism,” Ma said in a statement on the ministry’s website (www.mfa.gov.cn).  Readmore…
ISI chief on secret China visit as US ties take a blowISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha has embarked on a secret visit to China that is being seen as part of Pakistan’s efforts to reduce its dependence on the US in the wake of strained military and intelligence ties.Lt Gen Arshad undertook a week-long trip to Beijing last month to discuss what officials in Islamabad described as “the option of a strategic dialogue” between Pakistan and China on the pattern of the Pakistan-US engagement  Readmore…
China to give squadron of advanced fighter aircraft to Pakistan
Taking bilateral defence relations to a new high, China will give Pakistan a squadron of the advanced J-10B fighter aircraft.The J-10B fighters are equipped with the latest weapons and Pakistan will be the first country, after China, to have these advanced aircraft. Readmore…
ISI chief asked US to stop drone strikes
After years of pussyfooting, Pakistan has finally asked the United States to stop the CIA-run unmanned air strikes into its tribal areas.
According to diplomatic sources, Mr Pasha told acting CIA Director Michael J. Morell that the raids had become a major source of embarrassment for the Pakistani government as it was blamed for failing to stop a foreign power from killing its own citizens. Readmore…
US ducks question on ending drone attacksA White House spokesman has sidestepped a question about the stirring call from a former American intelligence chief for an immediate halt to the drone attacks inside the Pakistani soil, saying the US makes “no apologies” to go after terrorists.  Readmore…
Timing of US drone strike questioned
The American ambassador to Islamabad phoned Washington with an urgent plea: Stop an imminent CIA drone strike against militants on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border.Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, said the jirga “was carelessly and callously targeted with complete disregard to human life.”The former aide said the strike reflected the CIA’s anger at the ISI, which it blamed for keeping Davis in prison for seven weeks.”It was in retaliation for Davis,” the aide said. “The CIA was angry.”  Readmore…
Under fire from afar: Harrowing exhibition reveals damage done by drones in Pakistan

If you want to understand the impact of the “war on terror” on America’s ally, Pakistan, look no further than Noor Behram’s photographs which show, he says, collateral damage as a result of US drone strikes in the tribal area. Readmore… 
Lawsuit against Pakistan intel agency could be disastrousThe Consequences of this judicial inquiry have the potential to be disastrous.The intrusion of these actions into the politics of Pakistan will fuel violence and extremism, directed against the government the US intends to support.  Readmore…
Another CIA chief flees PakistanCIA chief in Pakistan pulls out after clashes.The station chief was evacuated for “medical reasons” a fortnight ago. But an official familiar with CIA-ISI relations told The Independent that the US’s top clandestine officer was due to be replaced in September, after just 10 months on the job. The illness, the official added, merely “expedited” his recall. The station chief will not be returning to Pakistan.The CIA’s Islamabad station chief, who oversaw the intelligence team that uncovered Osama bin Laden’s hideout, has left Pakistan.American television, citing US and Pakistani officials, said the officer who headed one of the Central Intelligence Agency’s most sensitive positions worldwide was not expected to return. Readmore…  OR  Readmore…
US stresses Pak role in Afghan peace planThe United States was not contemplating any reconciliation process in Afghanistan without the active engagement of Pakistan, said Marc Grossman, US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.“The US does not foresee any reconciliation in Afghanistan without Pakistan,” the US envoy said.  Readmore…
Blinded by its military might, the US for a long while insisted on reaching a solution through the use of force, and when experienced setbacks after setbacks conceded only to talk to what Mr Lodin called “foot soldiers” and failing again it came round to contacting the top leaders of the Taliban hierarchy.Strangely, in this exercise for a ‘safe exit’, the Obama administration has failed to appreciate the key input Pakistan is making in the war on terror and has been working against its interests. And the pleas of their own man on the spot, Ambassador Munter, for stopping drone attacks have been turned down by the CIA, which apparently had the power to overrule any suggestion in this matter. In the final analysis, the groundswell of anti-Americanism existing in the country gets reinforced. While on the one hand, it wants to pursue a policy of reconciliation, on the other it persists in indulging in acts that provoke tribesmen’s sympathy for the Afghan resistance and provides new recruits to its cause. The dual-track policy is counterproductive.

CIA threatens Pakistani sovereignty warns veteran Pakistani journalist.

Retired General Mirza Aslam Baig, a former Pakistani military commander revealed that a large CIA network exists in Pakistan and Dr.Abdul Qadir Khan, the famous nuclear scientist faces death threats by American agents based in the country and threatening the country’s self-rule and independence.Foreign powers want division of Pakistan into four parts.Pakistani media recently reported that more than 3,000 CIA agents are actively working in Pakistan and that Raymond Davis the US citizen accused of killing two Pakistanis is one of the important figures of the American intelligence network in Pakistan.Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor served as a director of operations for the CIA.The former Pakistani commander said the accused has a number of secrets and the U.S. wants his early release due the highly classified information he possesses.
There were reports that more than three thousands CIA operators are actively working in different areas of Pakistan.

The scrutiny started after Raymond Davis, a CIA contactor was captured.

Raymond Davis is a former Special Forces soldier and current private security contractor who shot two Pakistani citizens in broad daylight in Lahore on January 27th. The Obama administration has been pressuring Pakistan to release Davis on the pretext that he is a “diplomat.” This bald faced lie has been refuted by both the American and Pakistani media as well as anonymous sources within the Obama administration.

Pakistani missions abroad had issued a large number of visas to the American citizens in the recent months, according to Pakistani sources.

As a sign of a possible fall out, a planned trilateral meeting between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. was put on hold as the Afghanis and Americans met in Washington without Pakistan.

According to some reliable sources in Islamabad, these were supposed to be very important talks between US, Pakistan and Afghanistan on the region but Pakistan was excluded due to the Raymond Davis affair.

The latest developments could further deepen the already strained US-Pakistan relations, sources said.

CIA contractor recruiting freshmen for Taliban

CIA contractor Raymond Davis has been thrown into jail in Lahore for masterminding terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Davis is now pending charges for the murder of two men believed to be Pakistani intelligence officers.
Senior police officers said the security agents revealed the contractor’s identity and were to be disposed of.
Raymond Davis’ close ties with the TTP (the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) has also been established.
Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency.” the official told the Express Tribune.

According to the police the man was exchanging phone calls with nearly 30 militants belonging to the banned Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi groups.
The same groups which both the US and Pakistan blame for the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and for the slaughter of a Wall Street Journal reporter.
The news that the CIA contractor recruited for the Taliban came when the US was encouraging Pakistan to send military against Taliban forces near the Afghanistan border.
The US is currently trying to remove Davis from Pakistani custody, citing diplomatic immunity and self defense against alleged armed robbers.
The Pakistani intelligence service however argued Davis knew full well who the individuals were.
According to sources in the Pakistani Foreign Office the US has been pressing them to forge the backdated list of the Embassy staff and include the Raymond Davis name into it. If his name appears on the list he would qualify for immunity for all of his activities while in Pakistan.
However, when arrested Raymond Davis displayed a Department of Defense contractor ID and his name was missing in the list of Embassy workers submitted a week prior.
A day after the incident the list was revisited and Raymond Davis was granted a new diplomatic passport in place of his regular one.
Now a senior Pakistani intelligence official has been quoted in the local media saying he fears there are possibly hundreds of CIA contractors operating in the country.

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