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毎日新聞 2010年2月9日 22時31分


---Government denies Blackwater presence---
By Mohsin Ali, Correspondent
Published: 00:00 February 10, 2010
Gulf News

Malek says officials were misquoted

Islamabad: The government told the National Assembly here yesterday that there was no presence of a private US security company in Pakistan.

Interior Minister Rehman Malek said US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and a Pakistani provincial minister were wrongly quoted in recent reports that Blackwater company was operating in the country.

"Both were misquoted by the media and they have categorically denied the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan."

He said a thorough probe carried out by the interior ministry, intelligence agencies including ISI and provincial governments had found no existence of Blackwater or its personnel.


Malek said he favoured an in-camera briefing to the lawmakers about internal and external security threats and the counter steps taken by the government.

He said six months back some foreigners were intercepted, including three at the coastal town of Gwadar in Balochistan province.

A probe revealed that all these foreigners were diplomats, the minister added.

"It is wrong to view every foreigner as being a Blackwater employee," he said, if anyone had proof it should be provided to him and he would take immediate action.

Malek said in 2003, during the Musharraf regime, an agreement was signed with US security company DynCorp for capacity building and training of Frontier Corps and the training was carried out under that accord.

He said that licence of Pakistani Inter-Risk security agency which provided security to foreigners had been cancelled for violating rules and possessing illegal arms.

The minister said that the US government had granted $46 million (Dh168.9 million) for capacity building of law enforcement agencies of Pakistan. Japan, France and Australia had also extended capacity building help, he added.

"People should have confidence in the government; we would not allow anyone to undermine country's security and stability," he said.

He said the assembly could set up, if it so desired, a committee to look into the issue of alleged presence of private US security company in the country.

---Gates Confronts Pakistani Reports of U.S. Plots, and Fuels a Rumor---
JANUARY 22, 2010, 10:41 P.M. ET

ISLAMABAD--U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is overseeing wars with Sunni militants in Iraq and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. In Pakistan, he's facing a different foe: the pervasive conspiracy theories that fuel widespread anti-American feelings here.

On a visit here, Mr. Gates faced questions about purported U.S. plots to seize Pakistan's nuclear weapons and build permanent American military bases in virtually all of his public and private meetings in the Pakistani capital, complicating his stated hope of forging closer ties between Washington and Islamabad.

The Obama administration is trying to persuade Pakistan to abandon its long-standing preoccupation with India and instead devote new military resources to the fight against the country's extremists. But the widespread belief that the Obama administration is secretly conspiring against Pakistan has made that argument a much harder sell.

Mr. Gates took direct aim at the rumors in a speech Friday at Pakistan's National Defence University. Looking out over a crowd of senior Pakistani military officers, the defense chief said Islamic extremists were trying to foment public hostility towards the U.S. through an "organized propaganda campaign" of deliberate falsehoods.

"Let me say, definitively, the U.S. does not covet a single inch of Pakistani soil," Mr. Gates said. "We seek no military bases and we have no desire to control Pakistan's nuclear weapons."

Mr. Gates acknowledged in his remarks that there was a "very real…trust deficit" separating the U.S. and Pakistan.

"That has made it more difficult for us to work together to confront the common threat of extremism," he said.

Mr. Gates used his two-day trip here repeatedly to praise Pakistan for its ongoing offensive into the militant haven of South Waziristan and encourage the country's leadership to mount similar assaults against other insurgent strongholds.

In an attempt to boost Pakistan's military capabilities, Mr. Gates said Friday that the U.S. had decided to give Pakistan 12 unmanned aerial drones. The Shadow drones, which could be transferred to Pakistan within months, carry cameras and other surveillance equipment but are not capable of firing missiles at targets.

Pakistan has long argued that it needed such drones to track insurgent targets in remote parts of the country's tribal areas, and senior U.S. officials signaled months ago that they were amenable to the request. Still, Mr. Gates's comments Friday marked the first formal confirmation that American drones would be turned over to the Pakistanis.

Mr. Gates also told reporters here that the Taliban were part of Afghanistan's "political fabric," an indication of the administration's willingness to accept the Islamist group playing a potentially central role in Afghanistan's future.

In a roundtable with Pakistani and American journalists, the defense chief said that the U.S. supported the Afghan government's new outreach effort to the Taliban and held the door open for the Taliban to join Afghanistan's political process if the organization accepted Kabul's legitimacy and took other moderating steps.

"The question is whether they are prepared to play a legitimate role in the political fabric of Afghanistan going forward, meaning participating in elections, meaning not assassinating local families," he said.

During most of his unannounced visit to Pakistan, however, it was Mr. Gates who faced the sharpest questions about his plans for the future.

In an interview Thursday night with Pakistan's Express 24/7 television station, journalist Quatrina Hosain said that conspiracy theories about alleged U.S. plots to seize Pakistan's nuclear weapons had taken "on the hue or the coloring of being real" because the American government hadn't formally refuted them.

Mr. Gates told her that the U.S. had no plans to seek control of the weapons and was comfortable with Pakistan's security measures for its nuclear bombs. Any rumors to the contrary, he said, were "all nonsense."

U.S. defense officials acknowledged that Mr. Gates had to deliver similar reassurances during his meetings with Pakistan's top military and civilian leadership, a sign of just how extensively the conspiracy theories have taken root here.

Mr. Gates himself may have inadvertently helped fuel a new rumor. In his Thursday television interview, Ms. Hosain asked the defense chief if rules had been put in place to govern the behavior of any U.S. contractors working inside Pakistan, specifically citing DynCorp and Blackwater (now known as Xe Services.) Mr. Gates told her that "very stringent rules" had been put into place.

Defense officials tried to clarify the comment Thursday night, telling reporters that Mr. Gates had been speaking about contractor oversight more generally and that the Pentagon didn't employ Xe in Pakistan.

It was too late, however. By Friday morning, an array of Pakistani newspapers, television stations and radio programs reported that "Blackwater" had begun operating in Pakistan as well, citing Mr. Gates's comments.

---Gates confirms Blackwater presence in Pakistan---
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:29:47 GMT

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirms that American security firms Xe Services LLC, formerly known as Blackwater, and DynCorp have been operating in Pakistan.

The two firms are operating in private capacities, Gates said on Thursday, adding that the companies were abiding by Pakistani laws.

However, he said that if the Pakistani parliament votes for a ban on the presence of the firms, the US government would comply with it.

Blackwater won notoriety for having gone on a shooting rampage in a heavily trafficked Baghdad intersection in September 2007 killing more than a dozen Iraqi civilians.

Blackwater Worldwide changed its name to Xe Services LLC in February 2009, after it came under international criticism for its disregard for civilian lives.

Two former Blackwater mercenaries have also been charged with the 2009 murder of two Afghan civilians in Kabul.

Asad Durani, former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), had earlier told Press TV that the notorious firm, Blackwater, was involved in the deadly drone attacks on Pakistani territories, which usually result in civilian casualties.

"I learned somewhere that these people are employed certainly for…the logistic support at the drone bases. That is understandable," Durani said earlier in January.

Gates, meanwhile, said that Washington is considering sharing its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology with Pakistan.

"These UAVs are useful and we have a budget for them," Gates said in an interview with a privately-run Pakistani television on Thursday.

He claimed that the drones had proved productive in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"We are working together with Pakistan army in this connection," Gates said, adding that discussions were underway with Pakistan military leadership on technical matters in this regard, a Press TV correspondent reported late Thursday.

Defense officials in his delegation later said that the US will provide 12 Shadow drones to Pakistan.

The Shadow drone is about 3.3 meters (11 feet) long and has a wing-span of 4.2 meters (14 feet), with sensors and cameras feeding video images back to operators on the ground.


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