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WASHINGTON: Long-time US "ally" Pakistan has broken the spy world's unwritten comtract by publicly identifying the CIA Station Chief in Islamabad in an act that has sent ripples through the American espionage community, including the famed Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
CIA Station Chiefs are typically undercover spies whose covert presence in US embassies is sometimes known to friendly host governments; but they are seldom recognized by name.
However, in a brazen blowing of cover, reportedly at the instance of a disaffected section of the Pakistani spy agency ISI, a Pakistani citizen from North Waziristan who lost family members in a US Drone attack has filed a criminal complaint in an Islamabad police station against an American individual named Jonathan Banks, saying he is the CIA Station Chief in Islamabad who is coordinating the Drone attacks.
According to Karim Khan, a resident of Mir Ali Tehsil of North Waziristan, he lost his brother, Asif Iqbal, a teacher in a secondary school, his son Zahinullah Khan, and Khaliq Dar, a mason, in a drone attack on December 31, 2009. Khan, the
Pakistani paper Daily Times reported, alleged that Banks, who was residing at the US embassy in the Diplomatic Enclave, and has a business visa, was the CIA chief in Pakistan and controlled the drone attacks through Global Positioning System.
The US administration -- much less the CIA -- does not acknowledge the existence of "Station Chiefs," a term that is still current, unlike its Cold War counterpart, the "KGB Resident." But their continuation is common knowledge in intelligence circles, although they often function undercover, sometimes not even using their real names.
While some station chiefs are seldom seen, others are more public. For instance, the CIA Station Chief in Kabul is often referred to by his nickname "Spider," and is often in the company of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, functioning both as his bodyguard and his confidante. Milt Bearden, the most famous CIA Station Chief in Islamabad during the US-backed Afghan war on the Soviet Union, was named only after the conflict ended.
But the purported falling out between Washington and Islamabad at the height of the war on terror has had its fall-out in the spy world.
According to reports in the Pakistani media, police advised Khan to get an order from the court for the registration of an FIR. When he did that, the Secretariat police station in Islamabad, after getting advice from the legal branch, registered a report against Banks.
How Khan came to know Banks' name and cover is unclear, but the suspicion centers on disaffected elements in the Pakistani intelligence community.
Following the FIR, the Pakistani litigant appealed to the authorities "not to let Banks escape from Pakistan," and said "he should be arrested and executed in this country." He also sought a $ 500 million compensation.
The incident comes months after a section of the Pakistani media started publishing photographs and addresses of houses rented by American diplomats in Pakistan, causing immense consternation in Washington at a time US is clearly in the crosshairs of terrorists, as much as the latter are in the sights of predator attacks. Earlier this week, CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell flew to Islamabad to raise this issue, among others, with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who has been exposed in Wikileaks cables as privately supporting drone attacks while publicly criticizing them.
The sense in Washington is the government in Islamabad is increasingly losing control of the ISI, even as it is running rings around the United States. Over the past year, the Pakistani officials have repeatedly harassed U.S diplomats, and in many cases denied or delayed visas for new postings and extensions for serving diplomats, in order to "punish" Washington for getting close to India, a tactic that has been recorded by US officials in cables to the State Department. Outing the CIA Station Chief appears to be another dangerous gambit, the latest from Pakistan.


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Revealed: Why the Lashkar-e-Tayiba was targetting Modi
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Secret US State Department cables released by Wikileaks suggested that Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi was on the hit list of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayiba. The cable notes that a person named Shafiq Khafa was in charge of this operation and he had been coordinating with cadres in India. Indian intelligence agencies say that this information was shared with them after the 26/11 attacks and since then they have been gathering information on Khafa.
Khafa, who is in his mid thirties had come into the picture following the heat being stepped up on both Amir Reza and Riyaz Bhatkal who were handling the Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar's operations in India.
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Image 1 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
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Khafa, primarily based out of Karachi has been with the Lashkar since the last ten years and was put in charge of operations in south India after there was a major crack down on terror modules, in the aftermath of blasts in Ahmedabad, Delhi Bengaluru and Pune.
IB sources said that the Lashkar believed that South India was a potential recruiting ground for their terror activities. The Lashkar had built up a network under the likes of Bhatkal, Reza and T Nazir.
The biggest operation that was being planned was an operation in Goa which was to be undertaken by Riazzuddin Nazir, a Hyderabad-based operative. However a month before the operation was to have been carried out, he was arrested.
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The L-e-T expected Khafa to strengthen its network
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The Lashkar tried getting back into action since the arrests and started to build up its southern module. They employed the likes of T Nasir to carry out operations, but the group under him managed to carry out the failed Bengaluru blast which did not create the impact that they intended.
In the midst of this, the Lashkar also tried pushing some of the cadres from south India into the Kashmir battle, but that attempt also failed.
The IB says that the repeated failures by the Lashkar to build up modules in south India had left them frustrated. They then made another attempt through Riyaz Bhatkal, but his involvement in the blasts at Pune, Ahmedabad and Delhi increased the heat on him forcing him to go underground. To add to their worries, India named Amir Reza in a dossier handed to Pakistan, which prompted the ISI to tell him to slow down his operations.
These instances gave rise to Khafa, who at that point of time was active in Nepal and was helping the Lashkar set up operations.
Under Khafa, the Lashkar expected that the southern module would be strenghthened. The first thing Khafa did was to get in touch with an India-based operative named Hussain, who was an active recruiter for the group. These two men were clearly told that there was too much heat on the Lashkar modules in the north and there was no way that the LeT could give up on their expansion plans in the South.
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Image: Vehicles on fire at the scene of the blast in Ahmedabad, which was a part of operation BAD
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*Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN, Dec 15, 2010
*Read more: The Spy Who Came into the Heat - The Times of India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/The-Spy-Who-Came-into-the-Heat/articleshow/7106865.cms#ixzz18CwlvjPT
*Photographs: Pinit Paranjpe/Reuters
*Photographs: Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com
*Vicky Nanjappa
*Photographs: Rediff Archives

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