Daily Archives: April 7, 2009
By Col Ghulam Sarwar (R)
It is a matter of deep concern that terrorists in Pakistan are on rampage these days and they are seen indulging in subversive activities almost on regular basis. In the process, their each of these operations leaves many people dead and injured. To worsen matters, US media and state functionaries, uncharitably accuse ISI officials of working in unison with a number of terrorist groups. In this context, recently The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, in their stories on Pakistan levelled serious charges on the ISI.
In addition, according to the “Times,” the ISI has developed ties with all such militants groups that are currently fighting the international forces, including the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Further , it is alleged that ISI offers them direct support in the form of money, military supplies and strategic planning. Continue reading
John Solecki came back in to the world in the darkness, bound hand and foot, and calling for somebody to help him. Somebody did and he was quickly whisked off into the night to be cared for and recover from what by any standards will have been a dreadful period of captivity. By now he is probably back in his home country and will, it is to be hoped, begin to reassemble his life. Whether he will ever return to his job as director of the UNHCR office in Quetta is a moot point. Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon has thanked President Zardari for his help and support in securing Mr Solecki’s release. There is talk of ‘back channel’ negotiation with his kidnappers but little by way of hard facts; and the story will disappear from the media leaving us none the wiser as to who kidnapped him and what the deal was that finally got him released. The kidnappers claim to have released him on ‘humanitarian grounds’ hardly has the ring of truth about it; there does not appear to have been a mass-release of Baloch women allegedly held by government agencies and who knows if a bag of cash was handed over to some anonymous go-between? Continue reading