Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pakistan Army arrests several people spying for CIA

The Pakistan Army said that several people have been arrested across the country for spying for CIA and investigation in this regard is under way. However, the Army denied Wednesday that one of its majors was among the arrested who New York Times say were arrested helping US before the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
The New York Times, which first reported the arrests of five Pakistani informants, said an army major was detained who copied licence plates of cars visiting the Al-Qaeda chief’s compound in Pakistan in the weeks before the raid. But ISPR spokesman Maj-Gen Athar Abbas denied an army major was arrested, saying the report was ‘false and totally baseless’.
“No Pakistani soldier is under arrest, but we are interrogating several people whom we suspect of having been working for American intelligence services,” Inter Services Public Relations spokesman Brigadier Azmat Abbas told the BBC.
He said that among those arrested were people ‘captured during a raid at a house located close to the Bin Laden compound’. “We suspect them of having been working for CIA,” he added. “Others being interrogated include people who used to visit the compound.”