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Press Trust of India
Islamabad, 29 November
The USA is likely to withdraw the CIA station chief in the Pakistani capital after his cover was blown when Imran Khan’s party named him in an FIR registered over a recent drone strike, according to a media report today.
The USA is “increasingly worried” about the development and is considering recalling its top spy from Pakistan, The Express Tribune quoted its sources as saying. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan&’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party mentioned the name of the purported CIA station chief in a First Information Report registered over a US drone strike in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on 21 November. The party rules the province.
The drone strike in Hangu district killed six persons, including three top commanders of the Haqqani terror network that has carried out a series of attacks on US forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.
As part of the understanding between the USA and Pakistan, the CIA station chief works undercover. It could not independently be confirmed that the person named in the FIR was the CIA&’s top operative in Pakistan. Another CIA station chief’s identity was given away in 2010, when a Pakistani human rights lawyer spearheading a campaign against drone strikes filed a lawsuit that named the spy. At that time, the USA had pulled out the CIA station chief because of security concerns. The ouster of that station chief was believed to be the result of a rift between the CIA and the Inter-Services Intelligence agency. However, a Pakistani security official told the Tribune that the ISI had nothing to do with the latest move by Imran Khan’s party. The spokesperson of the US embassy in Islamabad refused to comment on the development.