Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), when in vitality, took the assistance of a former CIA veteran with the intention to lobby and deal with Islamabad’s ties with the US, native media acknowledged citing tales.
With this, an American consulting company Grenier Consulting LLC, run by the Central Investigation Firm ex-station chief in Islamabad, has come into the limelight, reported Pakistan’s native media outlet The Info Worldwide.
Robert Laurent Grenier of Grenier Consulting LLC was employed last yr when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was nonetheless in vitality. The settlement with the company was signed by former Specific Assistant to PM Imran Khan on media Iftikharur Rehman Durrani in July 2021 beneath the “supervision of senior [PTI] celebration officers and beneath the trail of Pakistan authorities officers.”
Grenier is a CIA veteran who was moreover the CIA station chief in Islamabad all through the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and later served as a result of the corporate’s excessive counter-terrorism official from 2004 to 2006.
As per the Worldwide Brokers Registration Act paperwork, the contract between the company and Durrani, on behalf of the PTI authorities, was signed for six months initially from Would possibly 1 to October 2021 for USD 25,000 per thirty days.
As a technique to confirm the tales, Grenier was reached out nonetheless, he was not accessible for comment and to confirm if the contract was terminated or not.
In keeping with the paperwork, the company was to “protect contacts with US authorities officers of every the supervisor and legislative branches, along with with assume tanks and completely different educated individuals, together with consulting with the patron and the patron’s associates, to learn how the scope of constructive relations between the US authorities and the federal authorities of Pakistan is prone to be enhanced, and may advise his Pakistani client and the patron’s associates accordingly, every by verbal and written communications.”
It further highlights that the company “may have interplay and search the recommendation of with educated individuals in every the non-public and non-private sectors in every the US and Pakistan to make determinations as to how constructive relations between the US and Pakistan is prone to be enhanced and provide advice to the patron and his associates as to how that is prone to be achieved.”
Hiring such lobbying firms to extend or propagate an entity’s pursuits is a routine practice inside the US.
Together with the CIA officer’s lobbying company, earlier this month PTI-USA Inc, a subsidiary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, employed Fenton/Arlook to provide “public relations corporations, along with nevertheless not restricted to distributing knowledge to and briefing journalists, placing articles and broadcasts, arranging interviews with representatives or supporters of PTI, advising on social media efforts and completely different such public relations corporations.”
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