Pakistan wants answers on Norwegian agents

Norway's ambassador in Islamabad has been summoned to a meeting with Pakistani authorities after outgoing domestic security chief Janne Kristiansen said Norway has intelligence agents posted in Pakistan.

The meeting was set to take place at 12pm on Thursday, newspaper Aftenposten reports.

Kristiansen resigned on Wednesday night after coming under fire for a presumed breach of confidentiality when she exposed details of Norway’s foreign intelligence operations in Pakistan during a parliamentary hearing earlier in the day.

Pakistan’s ambassador in Oslo, Ishtaq Andrabi, said he was in touch with the Norwegian authorities on Thursday to seek an explanation for the comments made by the head of the Police Security Service (PTS), newspaper VG reports.

“For us, it is important to receive clarification of exactly what was said and what the PST chief meant by her comments,” said Andrabi. 

The ambassador added that he had informed the foreign ministry in Islamabad of Kristiansen’s remarks.

Speaking on Wednesday at an open parliamentary hearing on the July 22nd terrorist attacks in Norway, Kristiansen appeared to say too much as she fielded questions from Akhtar Chaudhry of the Socialist Left Party about Norway’s relations with Pakistan.

“The Norwegian Intelligence Service has its representatives in these countries, so we cooperate via the NIS regarding that country,” she said, referring to Norway’s foreign intelligence agency.

Kristiansen did not explain why Norway had agents in Pakistan. Norway has hundreds of soldiers participating in Nato-led operations in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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