US intel report backs asma Jahangir&’s claims
Elements within Pakistan&’s security establishment plotted to kill human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, according to a leaked US intelligence report.
US agencies discovered in May 2012 that Pakistani officers were hatching a plan that involved recruiting militants to kill her while she was on a visit to neighbouring India or else “militants or criminals” to kill her while she was in Pakistan.
The details of the US intelligence report appear to confirm claims made last summer by Ms Jahangir, a leading lawyer and campaigner and a former president of the country&’s Supreme Court Bar Association, that she had learned of a plot against her from “a responsible and highly credible” source.
Ms Jahangir was on Tuesday said to be away from Pakistan and could not immediately be reached for comment.
The documents also highlight fresh allegations of human rights abuses in Pakistan.
They say US intelligence learned that Pakistani military and intelligence officials had been aware of, and even ordered, extrajudicial killings targeting militants.
The documents also reveal that the USA has sharply increased its surveillance of Pakistan&’s nuclear arms, citing previously undisclosed concerns about biological and chemical sites there.