The military, which has ruled Pakistan off and on for decades, is perhaps the nation’s most respected institution. Yet its failure to find bin Laden in a town full of military retirees has exposed the limits of its intelligence capabilities. Its inability to detect the presence of foreign forces during the course of the raid has uncovered a singular lack of preparedness. And its response in the past week suggests it is struggling to come to grips with being in the unflattering spotlight put on it by its ally and biggest donor. U.S. officials have said they didn’t think Pakistan could be trusted with advanced word of the raid.
Terrorists strike across the country with impunity; now it seems that external forces can also enter undetected,” said a scathing editorial in Sunday’s edition of Dawn, a respected newspaper. “Are Pakistanis getting what they’re paying for?”
Press coverage zings with unlikely stories about Davis – that he howls in his prison cells when the five-times daily call to prayer rings out; that the CIA plans a “Hollywood-style heist” to spring him; that he is the linchpin of the CIA’s drone programme.
Raymond Davis, an American official jailed for shooting and killing two Pakistanis, was a CIA operative spying on militant groups in Pakistan, the U.S. government has confirmed. Davis and American officials claim that the shooting was in self-defense for a failed robbery, though some reports indicate the victims were shot in the back. The Pakistani government currently has until March 14 to decide if Davis will be granted diplomatic immunity. The incident spotlights the already tense relations between Pakistan and the CIA’s expanding presence in the country, from which the U.S. military is largely restricted from operating because the two countries are not at war.
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