ISLAMABAD: The issue of the Visas to American Agents by Pakistan government is worsening with each passing day as the political parties have entered a blame game.
Former interior minister and PPP stalwart Rehman Malik has claimed that Pakistani visas are still being ‘secretly’ issued to US intelligence officials.
Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House here on Tuesday, he said the government was accusing the previous government of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of issuing visas to US spies, though it was still issuing visas to US officials.
He claimed that Pakistani authorities would continue to issue visas to US officials till they continued to receive the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) from the US government. “Has the government stopped receiving the CSF, which is received by the Ministry of Finance and dispersed through the Ministry of Defence,” he said. “If the CSF is stopped, then the government will not issue visas to US officials... In fact the process of issuance of visas to US officials has never been stopped by the present government.”
Pakistan has been receiving the CSF from the United States since the Musharraf regime for providing services to the coalition force fighting against terrorists in Afghanistan.