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Imran Khan's party reveals top CIA officer in Pakistan

Former cricket star Imran Khan's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, named a man it claims heads the CIA station in Pakistan.

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Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, addresses a protest rally in Peshawar on November 23, 2013. (A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)

Former cricket star Imran Khan's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, took its anti-drone strike protests a step further Wednesday.

The PTI revealed the name of a man it claims is the senior most CIA officer in Pakistan, and called for him and CIA Director John Brennan to be tried for a recent strike in the tribal northwest.

The officer's name was withheld by US media, and CIA spokesman Dean Boyd would not confirm his identity to the Associated Press.

The big reveal came in a letter the PTI sent to police, demanding that the CIA's Pakistan station chief and Brennan be held accountable for a Nov. 21 strike that killed five militants.

At least one of the dead was a senior commander of the Haqqani Network, a group the United States designated as a terrorist organization in 2012.

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The letter, written by the PTI's information secretary Shireen Mazari, read: "I would like to nominate the US clandestine agency CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Station Chief in Islamabad ... and CIA Director John O. Brennan for committing the gross offences of committing murder and waging war against Pakistan."

This isn't the first instance of a CIA station chief's cover being blown. The CIA's top spy in Pakistan was pulled out of the country in 2010 after he was named in a lawsuit.

Imran Khan, who ran in Pakistan's most recent elections, has been a vocal critic of drone strikes on Pakistan's soil. His party pledged last week to block NATO supply routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan in protest of drones strikes.

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