Sunday, July 08, 2007

Pakistan Terror Arrests - Big Push Or More Catch-N-Release?

By Cernig

The BBC reports that four people described by the Pakistani government as key Taliban leaders have been arrested. Mushraff's regime says that it has captured:
two men responsible for Mullah Omar's letters and communications.

They have been named as Mullah Jahangir and Mullah Mohid.

...Others now in detention are said to be Mullah Nazir, who was Taleban commander in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, and Mullah Tahir, the former Taleban commander for the capital, Kabul.

Afghanistan observers say these four men were all close to the reclusive Mullah Omar, whose whereabouts remain unknown.
Interestingly, all were detained in the Pakistani city of Quetta, which is where the Afghanistan government and some British intelligence reports have said Mullah Omar has been holed up all along, in a safe compound provided by Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency.

No news yet on whether the arrested men are being implicated on the deeply suspicious and failed attempt on Musharaff's life over the weekend.

Some, who have been trying to turn that last corner to a glorious Bush victory for six years now, say that this shows Pakistan is finally prepared to go on an offensive to "roll up" the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

I won't be holding my breath while I wait for that rolling up. The last terror bigwig that Pakistan crowed about capturing - former Taliban defense minister Mullah Obaidullah Akhund back in April - was walking the streets and drinking coffee with reporters two days after his arrest was announced.

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