Strict Watch on US and Western diplomats

Pakistan authorities will keep the US and Western diplomats under strict watch to prevent them from going to places which they are not authorised to visit, reliable sources say.

Following the release of Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor who killed two innocent citizens in Lahore in January, an event that increased anti-Americanism in the Pakistan— and after the CIA-led operation in Abbottabad, without informing Islamabad, in which Osama bin Laden was killed, widened the gulf between America and Pakistan, checks on the movements of the US and Western diplomats have increased.

Sources suggest that the security agencies of the country have written a letter to the Foreign Office so as to inform the concerned embassies and consulates about the places, especially the US diplomats are allowed to go to perform his/her official duties.

But the diplomats would not be permitted to go beyond the mandated sites. It is due to the changed policy that the US diplomats who were going to Peshawar from Islamabad without clearance from the Foreign Office were sent back by the related-authorities on Wednesday including several other occasions.

Recently, the federal government of the country expelled more than 100 American trainers based at various places. The latest decision of the Pakistan government to issue visas to 87 CIA-operatives as a result of recent talks between the ISI chief and CIA officials in Washington means that the spying network would expand again in the days ahead. Despite it, the intelligence agencies and security agencies have increased their presence in Lahore and other places to keep a strict watch on the newcomers and their activities, while diplomats from other Western countries are also being observed and tracked regularly.

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