US intensely distrusts Pak on matters related to 'terrorism, nuke security and intel credibility': Report

Washington, Sept. 3 (ANI): The United States has a new level of distrust of Pakistan, US intelligence files have revealed.

The 52.6 billion dollars U.S. intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, but the top-secret budget documents reveal there is an intense focus on 'Pakistan'.

According to the Washington Post, a 178-page summary of the U.S. intelligence community's 'black budget' showed that the United States has ramped up its surveillance of Pakistan's nuclear arms.

The documents also details efforts to assess the loyalties of counter�terrorism sources recruited by the CIA.

The report said that there are also fears about the security of its nuclear programme, which are so pervasive that a budget section on containing the spread of illicit weapons divides the world into two categories: Pakistan and everybody else.

The disclosures, based on documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, have exposed the broad new levels of U.S. distrust in an already-unsteady security partnership with Pakistan.

Beyond the budget files, other classified documents expose fresh allegations of systemic human rights abuses in Pakistan.

According to the report, U.S. spy agencies reported that high-ranking Pakistani military and intelligence officials had been aware of, and even orchestrating, an extensive campaign of extrajudicial killings targeting militants and other adversaries.

The budget documents do not break down expenditures by country or estimate how much the U.S. government spends to spy on Pakistan.

But the nation is at the center of two categories, counterterrorism and counter-proliferation, that dominate the black budget.

In their proposal for fiscal 2013, which ends September 30, U.S. spy agencies sought 16.6 billion dollars to fight al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups and asked for 6.86 billion dollars to counter the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

The budget documents indicate that U.S. intelligence agencies are also focused on the security of the nuclear programme in India, which is Pakistan's arch-rival. (ANI)


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