Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) information secretary Shireen Mazari. —File Photo
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) information secretary Shireen Mazari. —File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) on Monday named the CIA's director and a man it said was the agency's chief in Pakistan as murder suspects over a drone strike.

The PTI has written to police over last week's attack on a seminary linked to the Haqqani militant network in Hangu district in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The letter signed by PTI information secretary Shireen Mazari asked Hangu police to name CIA director John Brennan and a man they identified as the agency's Islamabad station chief as suspects for murder and “waging war against Pakistan”.

The PTI official demanded an interrogation of the CIA’s Islamabad chief and said the names of the drone’s remote pilot and others involved in the attack must be obtained.

She also requested in the letter that the interior ministry should be asked to put the CIA official on the “Exit Control List” in order to prevent him from leaving Pakistan.

It is rare for CIA operatives to be identified in public. The then-Islamabad station chief was forced to leave Pakistan in late 2010 when a Pakistani official admitted his name had been leaked.

CIA spokesman Dean Boyd would not confirm the station chief's name and declined to immediately comment, the Associated Press reported.

PTI, which leads the coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has long campaigned against the CIA's drone campaign which the US says targets al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan.

Khan accused Washington of deliberately sabotaging fledgling efforts towards peace talks with the militants with a drone attack that killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, on Nov 1.

He has urged the government to halt trucks travelling through Pakistan with supplies for Nato forces in Afghanistan.

But the government has shown no appetite for the move, leaving PTI activists to take matters into their own hands.

In recent days PTI supporters armed with clubs have set up checkpoints on roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and forcibly searched trucks for Nato supplies.

The government criticises drone strikes as a violation of sovereignty and counterproductive to anti-terror efforts.


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Comments (11) (Closed)


Tanvir
Nov 27, 2013 08:42pm

With the absence of any comments. it seems that the defender of people's rights, the newly appointed chief justice or Pakistan has no match against the defender of the land of Pakistan, the newly appointed army chief. It tells the whole mind set of Pakistan. Land is more important than justice and personal rights.

Rauf
Nov 27, 2013 09:38pm

Will PTI also name head of Pakistani intelligence agencies in the FIR? CIA cannot operate drones without assistance from local intelligence agencies. Is this FIR real or just another rhetoric by PTI? Hard to say.

Syed
Nov 28, 2013 01:45am

Dear PTI ..

Get a life !!!

Sincerely,

Everyone...

Justice
Nov 28, 2013 02:39am

It has been proved without doubt that Imran khan and his PTI is nothing but a political wing of TTP.Imran is working against Pakistan interest.

Khattu
Nov 28, 2013 06:54am

If Khan and Pakistani's are so critical of drone strikes, why dont they show they are capable by acting against the terrorists themselves ? They say no to drone strikes but are unwilling or unable to take any action themselves. Very confusing, this hypocritical attitude.

iqbal
Nov 28, 2013 09:30am

Glad to see PTI taking some action. After election Mr. Imran is just talking and not doing anything. This drone thing should stop and what ever needs to be done should be done, including filing charges against the CIA agents, or even firing at the drones.

pakiboy
Nov 28, 2013 11:36am

the most pathetic and clumsy show by PTI .. in FIR forgot to name anyone .. and now just to point score showing letters blah blah .. ..

Azam
Nov 28, 2013 02:06pm

Hmmm, interesting. This move can be crucial.

Roxana R
Nov 28, 2013 07:49pm

Will she demand warrants be issued for key members of Taliban as "suspects for murder" and “waging war against Pakistan?" After all, there is much evidence of the facts there.

Agha Ata
Nov 28, 2013 10:08pm

Next, Imran Khan would summon President Obama in Hangu Jirga court to explain his position.

mithidada
Nov 29, 2013 01:54pm

The PTI should realise that its job is to govern the KPk province, not to act as clowns in a circus. So far, the only thing they have provided is humour - and that too of a pretty stupid variety.