NEW YORK, May 31: The Obama administration is increasing pressure on Pakistan to provide the United States with much broader airline passenger information, a crucial tool that American investigators use to track terrorist travel patterns, but a step that Pakistan has resisted, the New York Times reported on Monday.
The administration is pressing for information on the Pakistanis who fly to other countries, to feed into databases that can detect patterns used by terrorists, their financiers and others who support them, the report said citing US officials.
Pakistan has for several years rebuffed this politically unpopular request as an invasion of its citizens’ privacy. The newspaper said the issue is now on a “short list” of sticking points between the two countries that have intensified since the failed Times Square car bombing on May 1.
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