Eye on Pakistan

Blackwater in Pakistan

Posted in Domestic Affairs by onpakistan on November 26, 2009

The author of the recent Nation article on Blackwater’s operations in Pakistan (see my earlier post), Jeremy Scahill, has recently given an interview to Democraacy Now! in which he talks somewhat more about his understanding of Blackwater’s operations in Pakistan. Some choice excerpts:

And the agency that Blackwater forces are supporting is a federal paramilitary force in Pakistan that’s under the Ministry of the Interior there, called the Frontier Corp. The military intelligence official confirmed the Blackwater executives account ,or at least the specific allegation that Blackwater is working with the Frontier Corps. The benefit of this is it allows the Pakistani government to say, “We’re not using any Western forces to do these things,” because the technicality is that there subcontracted by a Pakistani firm that is working with the official Pakistan forces.

Also, something more on Kestral. Scahill mentions an:

arrangement that Blackwater had made with a Pakistani company called Kestral, that is headed by a man named Ali Bagg [sic]. The Blackwater executive told me, that Erik Prince, the owner of Blackwater, is close with the owner of this Pakistan firm that is sort of like a Blackwater and logistical firm wrapped up into one. This is a company the works for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon and Pakistan the government and does a very robust business in war contracting and servicing the war in Afghanistan as well. And my understanding is that Blackwater is working for this company on a subcontract in a configuration that has Blackwater operatives going out technically as advisers with these paramilitary style forces from this company, and that they are doing as you said in the intro, border interdictions in the Northwest frontier province and elsewhere…

For some more comment on the original Nation article, including a picture of Ali Baig and a link to an interview for Arrehman-Arraheem, see this Teeth Maestro blog entry.

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