EXCLUSIVE: This Is How US Agents Sneak Into Pakistan

March 14, 2010


TORKHAM, Pakistan—Rampant corruption and a weak Pakistani state are helping the entry into Pakistan of spies and terrorists from multiple foreign intelligence agencies operating in Afghanistan. Almost all terror in Pakistan is coming from Afghanistan.

This American woman tried to sneak into Pakistan through Torkham on Afghan border today, Saturday, Mar. 13, 2010, around early afternoon. She was wearing an Afghan woman’s burqa and apparently spoke local dialects. She would have successfully crossed into Pakistan safely hidden among a group of Afghan women but something about her demeanor raised the suspicion of a Pakistani border guard.

However, the border guards, known as Khasadars, made sure that Pakistani intelligence officers posted in the area are not told about this arrest. Torkham is considered a hot station within Kasadar tribal force circles. With salaries that go less than PKR 10,000 per month [less than US$ 130], major checkpoints such as Torkham provide an extra source of income for the Khasadars through bribes from travelers.

The guards kept the woman in a room for about thirty minutes and then let her enter Pakistan in her burqa. She paid the Khasadar guards a handsome amount of money as bribe. According a source in the Khasadar Force who witnessed the whole thing, the woman didn’t panic. She appeared composed and familiar with the ways of the border guards. She knew what to do in such a situation.

Thanks to my contacts in the border force, I was able to make a cell phone video of her passport while the Khasadar chief at the checkpoint talked to her. Her name on the passport was Zohra Rehmati, which makes her an American from either Iranian or Tajik-Afghan extract.

Over the past four years, a large number of US agents have entered Pakistan through Afghanistan. Several have been arrested in different parts of the country disguised as Afghan men, complete with beards and Turbans and fluent in Pashto, Dari and Urdu. Unfortunately, much of this covert American activity was sanctioned first by the Musharraf government and now by the pro-US Zardari-Haqqani combine in the incumbent government.

Ms. Rehmati, if that is her real name, may or may not be a CIA operative, or one of its private contractors associated with either DynCorp or Xe International. But such lax security in a country that is a target of terrorism, DynCorp managed to create quite a covert network in Pakistan before being busted by Pakistani security last year. DynCorp remains in Pakistan, thanks to backing from both the US Embassy in Islamabad and the pro-US government, despite repeated attempts by the country’s security officials to force the US defense contractor to wrap up its operations here. Xe International, formerly known as Blackwater, also operated in Pakistan until 2005 before being moved to Afghanistan, according to an earlier report in the New York Times. But going by the number of incidents in Pakistan over the past couple of years where US private agents were seen operating in major Pakistani cities, it is safe to say that both contractors continue to quietly operate in Pakistan in one

Private contractors help give CIA the benefit of deniability if an agent is arrested on foreign territory.

CIA has been known to send US citizens of foreign descent to their home countries for espionage.

The most recent example is Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American who was busted in Tehran carrying sensitive documents handed to her by an informant. Ms. Saberi was sent to Iran posing as a journalist. CIA even managed to get her newspaper accreditation from a major American newspaper. The US government was embarrassed at the arrest because Ms. Saberi was arrested red handed receiving official documents from a contact.

In Pakistan, a State that is falling apart at the seams, with no central figure or department to control the rot, is providing the perfect environment for meddling in the country not only by the United States, UK, India and other established powers based in Afghanistan, but also by a puppet regime like that of Mr. Hamid Karzai and his spymasters, who in eight years are in a good position today to wreak mayhem inside Pakistan while the politicians in Islamabad and the military in Rawaplpindi have little recourse beyond words of appeasement or caution during closed-door meetings with foreign powers in Afghanistan that are never translated into action to reestablish Pakistan’s writ domestically and in the region.

Mr. Shah is an independent journalist based in Peshawar.

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  1. It is a shame that people umong us will sell their soul
    for money.

  2. bah, humbug.

  3. This khasadar who let the american spy in should know that he, his family or friends could be victim of a blast that might be carried out by these operatives that are occurring on daily basis in pakistan’s cities. These thugs at the border areas should know they are selling their imans to the killers of their brothers and sisters. What is that fool Rehman Malik doing about it who has nothing else to say after the each blast that the religious elements are carrying out and if he knows such elements why can’t he stop them. Mr. Malik knows inside that this is none of these religious organisations in pakistan but these foreign agents who he has been denying are operating in our coutry to kill our brothers and sisters. People like Mr. Malik think they are safe and they don’t care what happens to people but he should know that Allah ki lathi bohot bay awaz hot hai and very soon he has to answer to Allah. He should look at mushy how strong was he and what happend to him now. He cannot even return to pakistan and plays music in england like a mirasi I think that’s what his origin is anyway a mirasi and tabalchi.

    • mr malik and the rest of them ie zardari keyani gillani pasha even the wali khans are all towing the american agenda for AMERICAN DOLLARS what do you expect
      nujat pakistani pakhtun

      • Some people are obsessed and have lost the ability of rational thinking. Huh

      • some people are making a drama out of a crisis calling it rehtoric when in fact it is reality on the ground it will only hit them when the target is close to home
        nujat pakhtun pakistani

      • Some people are gone crazy and dream ont thing 47/7, seven days a week, 12 months a year and even efter they’d die. I feel fort heir misery.

      • You missed Zani Imran Khan

  4. These agents enter in pakistan and then do terrorist activities. Shame on you Rehman Malik who always denies that Blackwater presence in pakistan. Blackwater killed many iraqis and now they are killing our innocent people with RAW. Do something Mr. Kiyani, Gilani and hamnawa to get these thugs out of pakistan.

    ـ 2 گھنٹے 3 منٹ پہلے شائع کی گئی
    Adjust Font Size لاہور (این این آئی) آئی ایس آئی کے سابق سربراہ لیفٹیننٹ جنرل (ر) حمید گل نے کہا ہے کہ حکمران امریکہ سے ڈرتے ہیں اس لئے تمام تر ثبوتوں کے باوجود پاکستان میں ہونے والی دہشت گردی میں بھارت کا نام نہیں لیتے‘ صرف لاہور نہیں بلکہ دیگر شہروں میں ہونیوالے دہشت گردی کے واقعات کے پیچھے بھارت اور انکی خفیہ ایجنسی ”را“ کا ہاتھ ہے۔ این این آئی سے خصوصی گفتگو کرتے ہوئے انہوں نے کہاکہ بھارت امریکہ کے ساتھ مل کر پاکستان کو اندرونی طور پر کمزور کرنے کی سازش کر رہا ہے۔ افغانستان میں بھارتی مداخلت کے بڑے واضح ثبوت سامنے آئے ہیں۔ اس میں کوئی شک نہیں کہ پاکستان کے تمام بڑے شہروں میں بلیک واٹر کی تعداد میں مسلسل اضافہ ہوتا جا رہا ہے اور ان کا ہدف پاکستان کا ایٹمی پروگرام ہے۔ وہ کبھی ایٹمی پروگرام تک پہنچنے میں کامیاب تو نہیں ہونگے لیکن پاکستان میں دہشت گردی کی کارروائیاں کرتے رہیں گے۔

  5. This is a photo of a passport. It means nothing !! Typical nonsense to mislead people…..

    • @Mr. What you need WHAT??? Would the original passport satisfy you? People like you are in denial and I think if you join Rehman Malik he will be very happy to have you as he is also like you. Even Robert Gates said that blackwater, dyncorp etc were operating in pakistan but Rehman Malik s expert of lying and leaves no stone unturned to lie about blackwater as if they are his mates? Are they???

    • You want her to be produced in person to you.Nonsense.

      • You want me to collect more random passport photos from google and post them here as “american agents” and watch how the obviously illiterate Pakistanis lap it all up ?

  6. Zinda Baad Syed fawad ali shah ap nai tuo humary mulik ka waqar bulland kar dia hai, ap ko kisi bohoot bary TV ya news paper mai hona chahey tha, ap inaam k haqdar ho,

  7. we need a guy like imran khan to lead our country a guy who is sincere and honest and has no assets abroad to fall back on
    from what i have seen of him hearing his speeches he comes across as a decent human being enough of this false actors we have at the moment only lining their own pockets at the expence of others i also think that imran will play a mediating role in the tribal areas between the ttp and the pak army then their will be no excuse for the drone attacks on pakistani soil
    nujat pakistani pakhtun

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