View of a Senate session underway. – File photo by APP
View of a Senate session underway. — File photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Defence Secretary Lt-Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik on Monday said that the political cell of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had been disbanded five years ago and since then no such cell had operated within the ISI, DawnNews reported.

During a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, Malik said no political cell was operating in the ISI at present.

The defence secretary moreover said that the US had conducted drone attacks from the Shamsi base while it was in its use, adding that, the attacks were carried out with the government’s approval.

The base had been sub-leased to the US by the UAE on Oct 20, 2011 with the approval of then military ruler Pervez Musharraf. It was vacated by the US on Dec 11, 2011.

The defence secretary also presented before the committee the details of the defence budget for the current fiscal year.

He told the committee that the defence budget for the current fiscal year was Rupees 545 billion — out of which, Rupees 264 billion had been allocated to the army, Rupees 114 billion to the air force, Rupees 52 billion to the navy and Rupees 92 billion to the ISI, the joint staff headquarter, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and defence production.

The defence secretary further said that regular audits were conducted in all defence-related institutions, including the ISI.

Malik said the United States had paid Pakistan Rupees 12 billion since 9/11, adding that, it had not made any payments to Pakistan over its use of the Shamsi air base.

He said drone attacks were being carried out from the base with the government’s approval.

Malik said since the resumption of Nato supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan, the US had resumed military aid to Pakistan.

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October 22, 2012 7:46 pm
@ Cyrus Howel: "I'll believe you sir. Millions wouldn't! The ISI's religio-political cell, if I may call it, has overgrown the actual size of the ISI itself...In fact, the ISI is just a small part of the Political Cell...
October 22, 2012 8:30 pm
I would like to applaud this person. For once someone comes forward and before the NA testifies to the truth. That's big. That is the power of democracy. It all comes out.
mohammad shafiq
October 22, 2012 1:22 pm
the head of the ISI should be headed by a civilian preferably from sindh or balochistan and the audit of the armed forces must be conducted by the civil government not the military otherwise all pronouncements of the defence secretary are not credible.
Cyrus Howell
October 22, 2012 12:51 pm
I'll believe you sir. Thousands wouldn't.
Basit Ali
October 22, 2012 12:11 pm
For once, a straight talk by an official that one can believe. Why was the use by drones at Shamsi base not acknowledged earlier by both PML-Q/Musharraf and PPP governments? Governments ought not to lie to their own citizens on issues of national importance. Of course, they must and have to maintain secrecy on sensitive security related issues but not on serious national commitments given or extracted by foreign governments. Only then will people develop respect and legitimacy for the State, which today, as we all know, lies in tatters. But it is still not too late. The current government must listen to this loud cry from the nation: No more lies and tricks!
October 22, 2012 11:58 am
the date is wrong "The base had been sub-leased to the US by the UAE on Oct 20, 2011"... it should be 2001 not 2011... musharraf wasnt around in 2011
October 22, 2012 4:11 pm
What about Military Intelligence which was used by Musharaf's political goals?
marghoob siddiqui (@mab_greenish)
October 22, 2012 7:54 pm
Why Army interfered in Political affairs, because Politicians proved they are not capable of handling matters,. They themselves invited Army and now how can they blame someone else.
October 22, 2012 6:31 pm
Oct 20 ,2011 Mr Zardari was president of Pakistan not Pervez Musharraf. Should I take it as a typo in date or otherwise?
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