Pakistan’s premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence has demanded an accounting by the US’ Central Intelligence Agency of all its contractors working in the country as a fallout from the arrest of alleged CIA agent Raymond Davis, a senior Pakistani intelligence official has claimed.
Davis, who is facing murder charges for killing two Pakistani men in Lahore, is currently kept in a high-security detention centre, and is expected to stay there until a court hearing next month.
The senior official said the ISI was enraged that Davis worked as a contractor in Pakistan on covert CIA operations without the knowledge of the Pakistanis, and it estimated that there were “scores” of more such contractors “working behind our backs,” The New York Times reports.
The Pakistani intelligence community was divided over how quickly to settle the Davis case and how much to extract from the CIA, said another Pakistani official with intimate knowledge of the situation, who declined to be named because of the delicacy of the issue.
CIA in talks with ISI
Amid strained ties between their countries over Raymond Davis affair, CIA director Leon Panetta spoke to ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha, a media report said on Saturday.
In the telephonic conversation, the two intelligence chiefs reportedly discussed the issue of Davis and its fall out.