Raymond Davis is undoubtedly a very important spy agent of the CIA in Pakistan, because — of all the people — the President of United States, himself intervened and has demanded that the Pakistani government release him immediately, since he enjoyed diplomatic immunity, and that is why the Pakistani court cannot try him for the cold-blooded murder of two innocent Pakistanis. Barack Obama lied, knowing fully well that Davis was no diplomat and enjoyed no immunity. Now, the US government is threatening Pakistan of dire consequences, if he is not released.
On the basis of the evidence collected during the investigation, sufficient information has been obtained about his contacts with militants and his anti-Pakistan activities, as the Chief Coordinator for other US sponsored agencies working in Pakistan such as:
i Blackwater — the agency that has been operating here since 2004, under different names and since then has been engaged in all kinds of anti-state activities. This agency also worked in Iraq and its gruesome activities have been testified by many writers and human rights activists.
i The Special Investigation Centre (SIC) was established in 2005 with its headquarter in Model Town, Lahore, which was blown up some year and a half back. It is really a Gestapo organisation and employs over 600 operatives, spread all over Pakistan and is tasked to carry out all the ‘dirty work’, which the Pakistani intelligence agencies would not be willing to take on. It is this agency, which kidnapped hundreds of Pakistanis and handed them over to the CIA, killed and tortured many and carried out number of terrorist attacks to foment trouble and discredit the government by creating despondency amongst the people. The very painful aspect of this organisation is that majority of the operatives are Pakistanis, engaged in such heinous acts. Davis exercised direct control over this agency, maintaining close contact with Blackwater and the agency working along the north-western borders, without a name but controlled by the CIA.
i The North West Border Agency was set up in 2004, when the Americans complained to the Government of Pakistan about the crossborder involvement of Pakistanis and their support to the Taliban movement inside Afghanistan. So the government came under pressure and the CIA, along with US marines and FBI, were allowed to set up their vigilance network along the entire border from Balochistan to Khyber Pakhtunkhaw. Thus, more than 700 personnel were deployed to monitor the Pak-Afghan border. It was during this period, that the Indian spy network was established in Afghanistan under the RAW, about which I had sent my report titled Global Conspiracies against Pakistan a few years back to our national dailies. The CIA and RAW joined hands to infest our border with their agents to destabilise the entire region and eventually succeeded in turning the war on Pakistan. Unfortunately, the Pakistan army since 2005 has been engaged in this threat identified as Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Shariah (TNS) in Swat and Dir. It is a fact that prior to 2005 none of our tribals in the border region fired even a single shot, in anger, in our direction. Hence, the two intelligence agencies [CIA and RAW] have succeeded in creating a serious insurgency problem in Pakistan.
i There are several NGOs working in Pakistan, which provide operational support to the CIA. The FATA Development Agency (FDA) in particular, is very active in supporting CIA and COTE operations by the coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Anyway, Davis’ arrest has strained our relations with Washington, which has been threatening Pakistan of dire consequences, in case he is not released. Therefore, President Zardari rightly found it necessary to tell them “not to cross the red line” in blaming Pakistan, because the case will be decided by our court of law. Whereas our intelligence agencies, particularly the ISI, will probe into the matter of violation of trust for intelligence sharing, and engaging in activities considered detrimental to the security of Pakistan. In this connection, some arrests have been made and more are expected, including some important personalities of Pakistan, operating at the behest of Davis. As a result, the working relationship between the ISI and the CIA is not the same any more.
So who is Davis, whose arrest has strained relations between the two governments and also the two secret agencies, working hand in glove for the last several decades? Davis’ true identity has been revealed by Robert Anderson, a former CIA agent, in his article. Indeed, his story is very revealing. He writes: “I had Davis’ job in Laos, 30 years ago. As in Pakistan, in Laos our country conducted covert military operations against a sovereign people, using the CIA. Davis is in a bad situation now because most of the people of the world are now aware of the lies and not going to turn their head any more. Davis is the American being held as a spy working under cover out of our Embassy in Islamabad. You can understand why foreign countries no longer trust us and people are rising up across the Middle East against the Great Satan.
“In the Vietnam war, the country of Laos held a geostrategic position, as Pakistan does to Afghanistan today. As in Pakistan, in Laos our country conducted covert military operations against a sovereign people, using the CIA. We were told if captured we were to ask for diplomatic immunity, if alive. We carried out military missions on a daily basis all across the countries of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. In Laos, the programme, I was assigned to carry out a systematic assassination of people, who were identified as not loyal to US goals. It was called the ‘Phoenix Programmes’ and eliminated an estimated 60,000 people across Indochina. We did an amazing amount of damage to the civilian infrastructure of the country and still lost the war.
“But I see from the Davis fiasco in Pakistan that our government is still up to its old way of denying to the people of the world what everyone knows is true. When will this official hypocrisy end, when will our political class speak out about this and quit going along with the lies and tricks? How many more of our people and others will die in these foolish programmes? Davis is in a bad situation now because most of the people of the world, as we see across the Middle East are now aware of the lies and not going to turn their head anymore. I say “most” everyone knows, because our own public, the ones supposed to be in control of the military and the CIA has constantly lied. It is so sad to see President Obama repeating the big lie” (Counterpunch).
How many Pakistanis have been assassinated, eliminated, kidnapped and dumped in the torture cells in USA, no one will ever know, unless, some years later, Davis’ sense of guilt compels him to speak out the truth, as Anderson has done. Truth will prevail, but it is time now for the US to wind up this dirty network in Pakistan, for the sake of better relations and mutual understanding between the two countries.
The writer is former Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan.
NOTE:This is a cross post from The Nation.