According to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the US State Department has authorised the sale of 952 million dollars of armament to Pakistan, including 15 Viper attack helicopters and 1,000 Hellfire II missiles.

In the event that Pakistan should join the military Coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the armament delivered by the United States could serve to maintain the Imperial Order in the Arab world.

At the same time, the Islamabad High Court judge, Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, has decided to pursue the legal advisor of the CIA, John A. Rizzo, and the ex-station head of the CIA in Pakistan, Jonathan Bank, for murder, conspiracy, terrorism and war against the Nation.

John A. Rizzo retired in 2010. He had been one of the main legal advisors of the Agency for more than 30 years. He is implicated in the assassination of several political leaders in the 1970’s, the Iran-Contra affair, the use of torture, and assassinations by drone. He published his memoirs - Company Man - Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA.

Jonathan Bank was repatriated to the United States in 2010, after Kareem Khan filed a complaint against him for the murder of his son, Zaenullah Khan, and his brother, Asif Iqbal, during a drone attack on the 31st December 2009.

If they are condemned, the two US officials could risk, at the worst, becoming the object of an international arrest warrant and therefore unable to travel under their true identity.

Pete Kimberley