Dutch Diplomats (:military police) Intercepted Carrying Explosives near Pakistan Presidential Residence (Tomas Smith & William Van)
This happened seventeen months ago, but it is important to recall it now after the arrest of CIA agent Raymond Davis. This story establishes a pattern.
AHMED QURAISHI |Saturday | 5 March 2011, WWW.PAKNATIONALISTS.COM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—On Tuesday, 6 October 2009, new evidence emerged on how the US Embassy in Islamabad is involved in providing diplomatic cover to illegal CIA operations in Pakistan.
Dutch diplomats were intercepted carrying explosives near the residence of Pakistani president. The weapons were not licensed and the car number plate were fake. The real surprise came when the US Embassy in Islamabad dispatched a US embassy employee to save the Dutch diplomats.
The weapons found by Pakistani policemen were no exactly the kind one would carry for self-protection. The police recovered two 9-millimetre pistols, four magazines, two smoke grenades, two stun grenades and six bulletproof jackets. The two Dutch diplomats, identified as Tomas Smith and William Van, failed to produce any permits for the weapons.
When asked why they were carrying grenades, the Dutch diplomats claimed the grenades were for testing purposes. In a few minutes, an employee of the US embassy, Sunny Christopher, arrived in another vehicle to back up the Dutch diplomats, giving rise to the speculations that the latter might have been transporting weapons for the Americans.
Moments later, a telephone call from a senior official at the Interior Ministry ordered the police to release the Dutch diplomats and the employee of the US embassy citing diplomatic immunity.
As usual, the Interior Ministry did not consult with the Foreign Ministry about whether the foreign diplomats carrying dangerous weapons and unable to explain why should be released without a probe. The Foreign Ministry, however, made sure to summon the Dutch diplomats the next day and express concern over the diplomats running illegal weapons in the capital.
In early 1980s, two senior French diplomats were arrested and expelled from Pakistan after they confessed to working with CIA to spy on Pakistani nuclear installations.
Pakistan has a long history of foreign-backed terrorism. During the 1970s and the 1980s, Soviet KGB and Indian RAW cooperated from occupied Afghanistan in launching a wave of terror bombings in public places that killed hundreds of Pakistanis and spread chaos in the country.
Something similar is happening today. In view of this history, it was irresponsible on the part of the Interior Ministry not to probe the link between a US embassy employee and two Dutch diplomats carrying grenades in the Pakistani capital.
This case must have had a link to covert CIA operations in Pakistan, something similar to how CIA agent Raymond Davis has been found in contact with terrorists on the Afghan border.
This is not the only evidence of CIA using its presence in Afghanistan to run anti-Pakistan operations. The spy agency is involved along with other foreign spy services in Afghanistan in supporting terrorism inside Pakistan’s strategic Balochistan province, not to mention the support that a terror group like TTP continues to receive from unknown sources in Afghanistan to continue its campaign of terror inside Pakistan. [For more information, see Link Between CIA And Terrorism In Pakistan.] Religious extremists do exist in Pakistan but have become lethal after the injection of financing and weapons from US-controlled Afghanistan. Also, foreign-backed terrorism is disguising itself under the banner of the war on terror.
Pakistani investigators have strong reasons not to let any opportunity slip by to probe the massive and sophisticated bombings and assassinations taking place in Pakistan, the latest being that of Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti which was claimed by the same terrorists who make the Afghan border their home and exclusively target Pakistan.
The government of President Zardari has a vested interest in not confronting the Americans with any hard questions. It relied on American support to come to power and continues to do so for survival. No wonder the Interior Ministry is quick to let go of mostly American ‘diplomats’ or CIA agents found wandering in different parts of Pakistan. But it is ironic that the specialized Pakistani departments, like FIA and the intelligence agencies, had until recently ignored these signs for such a long time and let this problem come to a head with Davis affair.
Even now, Pakistani officials refuse to raise this accumulated evidence of CIA’s illegal activities in Pakistan in their interactions with US officials. What CIA is doing here means only one thing, that Washington is treating us with kid gloves on the surface because we are a nuclear-armed country while quietly using CIA to weaken the country from within and from Afghanistan.
Submitted by Aurangzeb on March 6, 2011
The world media’s attention is on the people’s revolts in the Middle East. It’s fair enough, given the strategic and economic importance of the region and the attendant political skullduggery.
But an equally explosive crisis in Pakistan, strangely enough, receives little media space. The underreporting of the diplomatic dispute between the United States and Pakistan is partly because of the world media’s attention is on the Middle East and partly because of political pressure on the mainstream media.
The New York Times and the Washington Post admitted this week that the White House had requested them to underreport the crisis. Is it because the crisis involving a killer spy and gunslinger has exposed the US double dealings?
In what analysts describe as the biggest intelligence fiasco since the U-2 spy plane was shot down by the Soviets in 1960, the Raymond Davis case has become a major embarrassment to the Barack Obama administration.
In the U-2 case, the US refused to admit that it was a spy plane. But when the Soviets produced the proof, the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration was forced to admit that the plane was on a surveillance mission.
Incidentally, the U-2 aircraft took off from a US airbase in Pakistan, where a similar, if not worse, case involving a killer spy has made the people of Pakistan furious.
For once, the bickering Pakistanis are united in their resolve to see that justice is done and Davis is punished for killing two Pakistani youths on January 27. If the Asif Ali Zardari government wilts under US pressure and releases Davis, Pakistan might explode in an Egypt-like revolution.
Davis, a technical officer serving in the US consulate, travelling in a bullet-proof vehicle shot and killed two motorcyclists in broad daylight on a busy Lahore street on January 27 and fled the scene. He was caught by public-spirited passers by after a chase seen only in movies and handed over to the police. Soon after the killings, a US embassy vehicle which rushed to the scene to rescue Davis, ran over a man and killed him. The US claimed Davis was a diplomat and acted in self-defence. But Pakistani police say the victims were shot in the back. That the release-Davis call also came from President Obama underscored the US anxiety over the secrets Davis could spill during interrogation.
Davis is a CIA operative and works for Blackwater (now known as Xe), a US firm specializing in global thuggery. The passport which the Pakistan police officers seized from him at the time of his arrest was an ordinary passport. It was stamped with an ordinary visa issued at the Pakistan embassy in Washington. Moreover, two days prior to the incident, the US embassy had sent a list of names of its diplomats to Pakistan’s Foreign Office in keeping with the usual diplomatic practice. Davis’ name was not on it. But the day after the Lahore killings, the US embassy sent a revised list with Davis’s name on it. The US embassy also produced a diplomatic passport with a diplomatic visa issued at Pakistan’s Foreign Office in Islamabad, deepening the mystery. Well, dollars can buy even parents in countries steeped in corruption.
The Zardari regime initially showed a willingness to comply with the US request, but Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi insisted that Davis was not a diplomat and should be tried in Pakistan. When Zardari brought pressure on him, Qureshi resigned.
Reports indicate that Davis’s mission was to destabilize Pakistan, a key US ally in the war on terror. He is said to have established contacts with the very terrorist group that the US is fighting — Tehrik-e-Taliban or the Pakistani Taliban. He had plans to provide nuclear fissile material to the terrorists to be used in a crude bomb, the detection of which or the explosion of which would have stirred worldwide calls for the dismantling of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.
Will the Zardari regime succumb to US pressure and let Davis go free? Some say Zardari may agree to a trial by a third country as some US officials now suggest. If only the incident had happened in Islamabad, the federal government could have used its powers and let Davis go. But since it had happened in the opposition Pakistan Muslim League administered province of Punjab, the federal government could do very little, especially when 170 million Pakistanis are united in their resolve to seek justice for the victims. Even the family members of Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani woman scientist who was sentenced to 86 years by a US court — a ruling seen by many human rights activist as a travesty of justice — for attempting to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan, has rejected a swap.
That the Americans are trying to destabilise their country is no longer a secret from the Pakistanis. Prior to the Davis case, many an incident involving gun carrying Americans had exposed US secret designs. One such case was the October 2009 arrest of two Dutch diplomats carrying advanced weapons as they were roaming the streets of Islamabad in an unmarked car. To the surprise of the police, US embassy officials arrived at the scene to rescue them.
The Zardari government’s soft handling of such a serious incident drew public uproar.
When asked why the two Dutch diplomats were released and the Americans were spared the censure, Interior Minster Rehman Malik told the media, “Under the diplomatic ethics we can’t hold any diplomats except those who are involved in a murder case.”
Most Pakistanis suspect a US hand in the Marriot Hotel bombing of 2008 and the assassination of Pakistani President Zia ul Haq in 1988 in a plane blast which also killed the US ambassador.
With friends like the United States, who needs enemies?
Pakistan Patriot: March 5 2011
CIA agents, mercenaries, Xe operatives, JSOC operatives, and Hyperion types have had several run ins with the Pakistani authorities. This has been repeatedly reported in many Pakistani media outlets. Ahmed Qureshi a brilliant journalist much hated by the the Pakistaphobes has written an effulgent article and lists some of the incidents where US hooliganism was in full view of the public. In most of these cases, the Pakistani authorities let the spies go.
* ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—On Tuesday, 6 October 2009, new evidence emerged on how the US Embassy in Islamabad is involved in providing diplomatic cover to illegal CIA operations in Pakistan.
* Dutch diplomats were intercepted carrying explosives near the residence of Pakistani president.
* The weapons were not licensed and the car number plate were fake. The real surprise came when the US Embassy in Islamabad dispatched a US embassy employee to save the Dutch diplomats.
* The weapons found by Pakistani policemen were no exactly the kind one would carry for self-protection. The police recovered two 9-millimetre pistols, four magazines, two smoke grenades, two stun grenades and six bulletproof jackets. The two Dutch diplomats, identified as Tomas Smith and William Van, failed to produce any permits for the weapons.
* When asked why they were carrying grenades, the Dutch diplomats claimed the grenades were for testing purposes. In a few minutes, an employee of the US embassy, Sunny Christopher, arrived in another vehicle to back up the Dutch diplomats, giving rise to the speculations that the latter might have been transporting weapons for the Americans.
* Moments later, a telephone call from a senior official at the Interior Ministry ordered the police to release the Dutch diplomats and the employee of the US embassy citing diplomatic immunity.
* As usual, the Interior Ministry did not consult with the Foreign Ministry about whether the foreign diplomats carrying dangerous weapons and unable to explain why should be released without a probe. The Foreign Ministry, however, made sure to summon the Dutch diplomats the next day and express concern over the diplomats running illegal weapons in the capital.
* In early 1980s, two senior French diplomats were arrested and expelled from Pakistan after they confessed to working with CIA to spy on Pakistani nuclear installations.
Already, many of these operatives have exited Pakistan–however there are too many.
The murder of the two motor-cyclists by Davis, however is a very different matter–and his release is now tied to an undertaking by the CIA to stop these extra-judicial, and supra-national activities. If the CIA does not stop the activities, the chances are that “Davis” will be hanged as a message to other mercenaries.
The Long History Of US Special Ops Disguised As American Diplomats In Pakistan
John Arso, Pickel Robin Kenneth, Lister Douglas Michael, Clen Denen Jason Robert and Steele Jr Richard Earl, James Bill Koeen and Charlie Benzic are the names of some of the US ‘diplomats’ arrested in Pakistan over the past three years. What were four US ‘diplomats’ carrying M-4 machine guns and wearing Pakhtun clothes and beards doing entering the Pakistani capital coming from the Afghan border?
ANSAR ABBASI | Thursday | 3 February 2011 | The News International WWW.PAKNATIONALISTS.COM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Although, the latest Lahore “adventure” of armed US ‘diplomats’ is very serious, there have been repeated incidents of US government employees posted in Pakistan carrying weapons in public. According to an intelligence report, published by The News, on June 23, 2009, a double-cabin vehicle coming from the NWFP [now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa] passed through a police checkpost at Golra headed for Islamabad where the police tried to stop it for checking but it did not stop. The police passed on a wireless message to the next checkpost considering it a suspicious vehicle. It was intercepted at a check post at Khyber Chowk, G-9/4.
The report said that three American diplomats namely Jeffery, Jeffdic and James Bill Koeen and a driver named Charlie Benzic belonging to Regional Security Section of the US Embassy were found in the vehicle. They were wearing Shalwar Kameez, had beards, were in Pakhtun clothes and carrying four M-4 machine guns and four 9 mm pistols. The report, however, said that on the intervention of the then SP Sadar, the vehicle was allowed to go.
MEET JOHN ARSO
In yet another incident, according to the report, on August 5, 2009, Inspector Hakim Khan of Islamabad Police was passing through a checkpost near the US Embassy along with his wife in a private car, he was stopped by a US security official John Arso and was abused. Once the police inspector told the US official that the latter could not check vehicles on a public road, the US diplomat took out his pistol and said that he could do anything anywhere in Pakistan.
Hakim Khan later formally reported the matter and lodged a complaint with his superiors. No criminal proceedings were initiated against the American but he was sent back to Washington.
According to a media report, it was considered to get John Arso declared persona non grata and the matter was also referred to the Foreign Office but before the FO could proceed on the matter, the Islamabad Police high ups and the US Embassy resolved the matter by reaching a compromise.
DUTCH CARRY WEAPONS, AMERICANS COME FOR RESUCE
Last year, when two Dutch diplomats were caught red handed while carrying weapons, including hand-grenades, in Islamabad they were allowed to go scot-free despite Foreign Office spokesman’s clear statement that no foreign diplomat, whether American or Dutch or belonging to any other country, was permitted to carry weapons within the territorial limits of Pakistan.
On that occasion, the Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit was quoted to have said that those diplomats who were still carrying weapons were behaving inconsistently with the law of the land.
Interestingly, in the last year’s Dutch diplomats’ case, the Secretariat police formally lodged the complaint against them besides nominating in the report a US embassy’s local employee, Sunny Christopher, a Pakistani citizen, for unnecessarily intervening into the Dutch diplomats’ episode. Pakistani police officials were threatened by Pakistanis working for US embassy of dire consequences if Americans and Dutch carrying grenades in Islamabad were not released.
Some newspaper reports suspect a Dutch-US connection. Some allege that the Dutch were transporting the weapons to the US Embassy. However, US Embassy spokesman had denied these reports.
A US MARINE RIDICULES PAKISTAN RIGHT BEHIND ZARDARI’S OFFICE
In yet another incident, on August 12, 2009 a young Pakistani boy, living in the Diplomatic Enclave, along with his two friends was passing through a private security checkpost near the US Embassy on a Suzuki car when a US Marine, who was jogging along with his wife, on the same road, stopped the car and broke it side mirror by kicking at it.
The Marine, the report said, also abused the boy and the host country too. The young boy and his friends protested following which the US Marine got them detained by the local security guards present there. They were allowed to go after 40 minutes of detention but only with caution that they would never drive again on that particular road.
US VIGILANTE ACTION IN THE HEART OF ISLAMABAD
In another incident, on August 26, 2009, one Mohsin Bukhari, owner of Shell petrol pump, Sector F-6 (Super Market) was stopped by two US nationals at the traffic signal on the Agha Khan Road, near Marriot Hotel after some routine road driving tension. He was asked to show his identity and then taken to his petrol pump and questioned for 30 minutes after a team of security staff from the US Embassy also joined the two Americans.
According to the intelligence report, Bukhari is the nephew of Syed Nayyer Bukhari, the Leader of the House in the Senate.
In yet another incident, the report said, on August 28, 2009 at about 14:00 hours, two vehicles of US Embassy (one five door Prado and one double cabin) were intercepted by the local police on the Kashmir Highway near Peshawar Mor. The vehicles had fake number plates. Initially, the passengers of the vehicles resisted checking but later following the arrival of some security officials, they were requested to allow the police to check them as per the law of the land.
Upon checking, four Americans, who were identified as Pickel Robin Kenneth, Lister Douglas Michael, Clen Denen Jason Robert and Steele Jr Richard Earl, introduced themselves as US Army officials. They were carrying four M-4 rifles and ammunition with them. They did not have any license or authority letter for carrying these weapons.
Upon inquiry, they told that they were working with the Frontier Corps, NWFP, but failed to produce any evidence in support of their statement. They were accompanied by one Ahmedullah, an Afghan national, who is said to be living in the US Embassy without any valid travel document or passport. He just carried a letter from the US Embassy. This report is adapted from a longer article by the author published in The News International. With permission from Ahmed Qureshi.
The fact of the matter is that there may be rogue Xe agents carrying on their own agenda without the knowledge of their bosses, and asking for help from the Embassy when they got themselves into trouble.