This was published on Rupee News
It seems that “Raymond Davis” is singing like a bird.
In a Mad Hatter’s world, all this would makes sense. The Nation, one of the largest circulation newspapers with a colossal followin in Pakistan is reporting today that “Raymond Davis” is the Central Intelligence Agencies acting head in Pakistan. This may be the biggest spay scandal in the history of the world, bigger than Gary Powell’s U2-crash, and bigger than any other Cold War and WW2 scandal.
Jawad R Awan in a headline story in the Nation describes “Raymond Allen Davis” as the Second-in-Command to the previous station Chief Jonathan Banks. Jon Banks had to leave Pakistan when he was outed because of Karim Khan‘s petition in the court against him. Karim was a resident of North Waziristan. He had filed an submitted a FIR (First Incident Report) against the CIA station chief for the killing of Karim’s brother and son in one of the drone attacks.
According to the Nation “Raymond Davis” took over the responsibilities of Jon carrying out all the tasks previously under the domain of his boss, including gathering information for and directing drone attacks. The Nation’s sources confirmed that one of the main tasks of Davis was to keep CIA network intact in the tribal agencies as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). This would explain “Raymond Davis'” multiple trips to the Afghan-Pakistan border.
This story makes a fool out of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Munter and even President Obama who called Mr. “Davis” “our diplomat”. It is very obvious that the CIA does not qualify for diplomatic immunity. A massive operation to rescue “Davis” cannot be ruled out. Now the petition to move him to Lahore Court begins to make a lot of sense.
If the story is true this is explosive stuff.
It is expected that the US will issue an immediate denial–but then leaks wil begin confirming the story.
Apparently “Davis” is addicted to chewing tobacco (‘Naswar’), a common trait in many Western “Cowboy States like Colorado, where Raymond is from, speaks fluent Pukhto and has complete information about the cultures being practiced in all the provinces. According to the report “Raymond Davis” was “monitoring and assisting other operatives gathering information about religious and right-wing organizations (read Jamat e Islami, JUI etc), especially those who take a sharp line against the US or India”. Apparently the US operative was establishing a local network for the CIA in Pakistan by recruiting the locals through various front organizations, of which some were launched in Pakistan and some from other friendly countries of the US in the western world. This seems like a book out of Bob Woodward’s book “Obama’s Wars“–or an article from Rupee News.
Awan’s sources said that Davis was trying to establish a local CIA network in Southern Punjab. In an apparent rebuttal to the criticism of the ISI, Awan clarified that the security services were ready to thwart any conspiracy against the country hatched locally or internationally. IN some bombastic rhetoric the article said that “the security agencies always exposed the enemies of the state and averted several threats to the security and integrity of the country”. If the Security Agencies were so proactive, “Raymond” would have been identified a while back. On the other hand, maybe the ISI was giving them enough rope to hang himself with. It is now abundantly clear that Mr. “Davis” was being watched, and the CIAs Anti-Pakistan activities were being monitored closely.
The phone calls of Mr. “Davis” were monitored which has revealed his true identity–already exposed by a local Colorado News station and then reconfirmed the Guardian and the Telegraph of the UK. US papers have ben admonised and have been told not otu out the true identity of Mr. “Raymond Davis”. According to a local new channel Davis told his family not to worry about him but only pray for him. He said, “I have committed a mistake, and I have realized it.” According to press reports after talking to his family members on the phone, Davis became sad and didn’t even eat chocolates and drinks the US Consulate sent for him.
If the story in the The Nation is true, this arrest of Mr. Davis will fundamentally transform the US-Pakistani relationship. If true, Mr. Davis will not be released ’till the US stops the CIA activities that Mr. “Davis” was involved in. The US has made many blunders in the wrold. If the Nation’s story is true, this is one of the biggest. This wil make the Iranian Revolution look like a Sunday picnic. By Devine intervention, pure happenstance and orchestrated monitoring, the US and Pakistan have come to the inevitable crossroads. Perhaps Tariq Ali was right when he wrote “Pakistan–in the flightpath of American Power”.