US intelligence reports said senior Pakistani military and intelligence officials knew of and possibly ordered a broad campaign of extrajudicial killings of militants and other adversaries, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, adding that public disclosure of such information could have forced the Obama administration to sever aid to the Pakistani armed forces on account of a US law that prohibits military assistance to human rights abusers.

These reports are based on communications intercepts from 2010 to 2012 and other intelligence in classified documents provided to it by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The documents indicate that administration officials decided not to press the issue so as to preserve its relationship with Pakistan which was already frayed at the time.

The Post moreover reported that US spy agencies had also shifted their attention to what they classified as dangers surfacing outside Pakistani areas patrolled by CIA drones.

It reported that the US had intensified surveillance of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, has been concerned about biological and chemical arms sites there and has been trying to evaluate the loyalty of Pakistani counter-terrorism agents recruited by the CIA.

The paper was quoting from a 178-page summary of what it called the US intelligence community's “black budget” provided to it by Snowden.

“If the Americans are expanding their surveillance capabilities, it can only mean one thing,” said Husain Haqqani, who served as Pakistan's ambassador to the US from 2008 to 2011.

“The mistrust now exceeds the trust.”

America has delivered nearly $26 billion in aid to Pakistan over the past 12 years, with the money aimed at stabilising the country and ensuring its cooperation in counterterrorism efforts, the paper said.

However, as classified documents reveal new allegations of human rights abuses by the Pakistan army, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council seems to have played it down in the Post report saying the United States would “continue to work closely with Pakistan's professional and dedicated security forces” in order to combat the challenging security issues in Pakistan.

Spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden in a statement said the US is “committed to a long-term partnership with Pakistan, and we remain fully engaged in building a relationship that is based on mutual interests and mutual respect”.

“We have an ongoing strategic dialogue that addresses in a realistic fashion many of the key issues between us, from border management to counterterrorism, from nuclear security to promoting trade and investment,” Hayden said.

“The United States and Pakistan share a strategic interest in combating the challenging security issues in Pakistan, and we continue to work closely with Pakistan's professional and dedicated security forces to do so.”

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September 3, 2013 7:51 pm

Tell us something we did not know? Any legitimate question against the military is crushed? How long should we keep quiet?

fasih baloch
September 3, 2013 9:16 pm

Extra judicial killings are mean to demoralize and disrepute the army and the intelligence.These anti nationals and terrorists when get caught and killed use human right abuses and missing persons excuse to save their skins and the media fully support their propaganda.Is west or usa doesnt kill using drones or secret operations against anyone who are anti nationals or against the federation or who becomes a grave threat to their security and safety.

September 3, 2013 10:52 pm

Hey, Pakistani Army is doing fine. They are getting rid of bad guys. Kill the terrorist.. Good Job.

September 4, 2013 11:37 am

"Public disclosure of such information could have forced the Obama administration to sever aid to the Pakistani armed forces on account of a US law that prohibits military assistance to human rights abusers" lolz...... :D.......nice joke

September 4, 2013 7:32 pm

Pot calling the kettle black! How about the hundreds and thousands of extra-judicial murders committed by the Americans through the use of precision bombings and drone attack that invariably result in deaths of combatants (without due process) and non-combatants who happen to be in the surroundings of the targeted places?

Typical hubris of a superpower blaming Pakistan only, while their own extra-judicial actions are above all reproach.

September 4, 2013 7:34 pm

@Javed: Get the courts to function and punish the anti-state elements like the TTP instead of letting them off scot-free when they have had a hand in the killings of our soldiers and civilians.

When courts fail, the security apparatus invariably becomes the executioner.

September 4, 2013 11:42 pm

What is most revealing about this intelligence disclosure is that these “extrajudicial killings” of baloch insurgents are actually of such importance to the US that they even appear on this report. Why is this particular abuse in this particular locality of such significance to the US intelligence community? Why is it irritating them? Why are Asma Jehangir and Hamid Mir so keen to focus on these rights abuses above all others? Do we see any court process being applied before drone strikes? How often has Asma complained about these as being extrajudicial? These are questions Pakistanis need to ask themselves.

September 5, 2013 12:34 am

Stop the lying. America has given absolutely nothing to Pakistan, in the past 12 years.

Abu Shahab
September 5, 2013 1:25 pm

What American did in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan with and without drones were humanitarian practices. Is Guantanamobay and Abughareeb Jails in Iraq were true excersizes for the Humaity?

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