Washington: Pakistan has ordered up to 20 percent of the 150 US Special Operations forces officials to leave the country in the wake of a series of clashes between the two governments, an American newspaper quoted US military official as saying on Saturday.
The official said that between 25 to 30 Special forces trainers were asked to leave Pakistan in the weeks before US special forces raid in Abbottabad operation that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
The departure orders were released apparently in response Raymond Davis incident in which the CIA contractor killed two Pakistanis in broad day light in Lahore in late January.
The US official told the newspapers that Pakistan had threatened to reduce the U.S. presence there after unwillingly releasing the CIA employee, Raymond Davis, in March.
The relations between the two countries have become more frayed since the US unilateral operation that led to killing of bin Laden. The Obama administration has raised questions about Osama’s presence in the country while Pakistan seems resentful over US operation, terming it violation of its sovereignty.