Remember “Oh, Baradar!”? Well then you are gonna enjoy this:
His capture PROVED Karachi was safe haven for Taliban leaders and miltants (funny even then since they were talking of one such person’s capture — some safe haven!)
It was hailed as a great success of CIA/ISI cooperation (funny as they still want us to believe CIA and ISI are enemies working against each other)
We were told by Zahid Hussain/WSJ/Dawn/etc. Baradar was the second-most powerful figure in Afghanistan’s Taliban movement and was more dangerous than Omar
My related posts from back then:
Well talking of “conspiracy” here is a real on: All that talk of Talibanization of Karachi..
(Remember the Karachi Ashura bombings were blamed on them at the time, so now what happens to that? They need to find a new patsy)
And There Goes The “ISI vs U.S. Intelligence” Myth — Updated
(I had maintained this capture was no big breakthrough. Baradar was regularly meeting with ISI/CIA and they just nabbed him during one of these meetings)
Police sources said that Hanfi Gabol belonged to Choti area of Dera Ghazi Khan. He joined Tahreek-e-Taliban (Hasan group) and appointed as Ameer of Saraiki lashkar to carry out terror activities. Under arrested, he claimed several terrorist incidents happened in different parts of Punjab.
Hanif Gobal was the mastermind of attack on Khosa House in Dera Ghazi Khan, police sources added. He admitted his involvement in terror acts in front of media and claimed that he is expert in making suicide jackets.
And this is just a day after the ‘news’ came out that:
Taliban are in Punjab now — officially
P.S. About that Khosa House thingy, I of course have my own wild ‘conspiracy theory‘
The statement certainly was odd:
“Gen Musharraf planned a bloodbath of innocent Muslims at the behest of others only to prolong his rule, but we in the PML-N opposed his policies and rejected dictation from abroad and if the Taliban are also fighting for the same cause then they should not carry out acts of terror in Punjab (where the PML-N is ruling),” he said at a seminar held here on Sunday to commemorate the services of late Mufti Muhammad Hussain Naeemi.
Of course this has led to an uproar and every joker has had a field day. PML-N was out to limit damage. But what I sort-of enjoyed was Shahbaz running to Daddy Kiyani to say ‘I really didn’t mean it’!
Look who’s talking! Here’s a bit of wisdom from the master of Zardari/Nawaz: “Pakistanis are very sensitive to the issue of their sovereignty and that is why I do not want to say anything about it,” he added. He said those who attacked the KLL did not understand it. He said those who oppose the KLL are the ones who either oppose the present Pakistani government or support the Taliban.
Pepe Escobar: Everybody is making a mess out of the AfPak theatre, including Washington
Veteran Afghan jihadis have the US administration puzzled, Pt. 2 of 2