As of Wednesday, November 27, 2013
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A political party opposed to U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan revealed what it said was the name of the top CIA spy in the country on Wednesday and called for him and the head of the agency to be tried for a recent missile strike.
CIA spokesman Dean Boyd would not confirm the Islamabad station chief’s name and declined to immediately comment. The Associated Press is not publishing the name given by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party because it could not verify its authenticity.
Shireen Mazari, the party’s information secretary, called for the station chief and CIA director John Brennan to be tried for murder and waging war against Pakistan in connection with a recent drone strike in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She claimed the station chief did not enjoy diplomatic immunity.
Pakistani police and intelligence officials have said the attack on an Islamic seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district on Nov. 21 killed five people, including three senior Afghan militants. It was one of the only strikes ever to take place outside of Pakistan’s remote tribal region.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party is led by cricket star Imran Khan, who has been an especially vocal critic of drone strikes. He and other Pakistani officials publicly criticize the strikes as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, although the government secretly supported some past attacks.
Khan’s party pledged on Saturday to block trucks carrying NATO troop supplies to and from Afghanistan until the U.S. stopped drone attacks. Protesters stopped trucks and roughed up drivers before the police intervened to stop them. The NATO supply trucks remain stuck though because transportation officials are still worried about what protesters will do.
The CIA pulled its top spy out of Pakistan in December 2010 after terrorists threatened to kill him. The threat came after a Pakistani lawsuit accused him of killing civilians in drone strikes. The lawsuit listed a name lawyers said was the station chief, but the AP learned at the time it was not correct.
Associated Press writer Lara Jakes in Washington contributed to this report.