Pakistani police raided a local security firm that helps protect the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, seizing dozens of allegedly unlicensed weapons at a time when unusually intense media scrutiny of America's use of private contractors has deepened anti-U.S. sentiment.
Two employees of the Inter-Risk company were arrested during the raids in Islamabad, police official Rana Akram said. Reporters were shown the seized weapons -- 61 assault rifles and nine pistols. Akram said police were seeking the firm's owner.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Rick Snelsire said the U.S. contract with Inter-Risk to provide security at the embassy and consulates took effect this year. It is believed to be the first U.S. contract for the firm, said Snelsire, who did not have a figure for its amount.
''Our understanding is they obtained licenses with whatever they brought into the country to meet the contractual needs,'' he said. ''We told the government that we had a contract with Inter-Risk.''
PAKISTAN HAS LONG BEEN A DUBIOUS ALLY.
PAKISTAN IS WORSE NOW THAN EVER; IT WAS A MISTAKE TO FORCE MUSHARRAF OUT; IT'S WHY THE FATA AND SWAT REGIONS HAVE GROWN WORSE AND WHY AFGHANISTAN CASUALTIES HAVE GROWN, TOO.
WE SHOULD SET A DEADLINE AND ANNOUNCE AN ULTIMATUM: IF THE SO CALLED PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT CAN'T EXERCISE CONTROL OVER THE FATA REGIONS WITHIN 30 DAYS, THEN THEY ARE NO LONGER PART OF PAKISTAN, BUT BELONG TO THOSE WHO ATTACKED US ON 9/11.
AND THEN WE SHOULD GIVE CIVILIANS THERE 10 DAYS TO EVACUATE THROUGH CONTROLLED CHECK- POINTS, AND THEN NUKE IT.
END. OF. AFGHAN WAR.