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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dark Clouds Over Youm e Aazadi

The ISI manned by serving officers of the Army has become a power unto itself. For the sake of Army, for the sake of the civilians, its wings have to be clipped. ISI is bent upon devouring the hand that feeds it. It should be held accountable and be brought back under control. If the Army cannot control its own, then forget about Independence Day Celebrations and get ready for internecine Death and Destruction not seen since the Battle of the Camels, Battle of Siffin or Karbela.

Syed Saleem Shahzad implicates ISI informants role in the killing of jawans:

When several hundred Pakistani troops backed by paramilitary forces on Friday launched an operation against militants in Bajaur Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, they received a most unwelcome surprise. News of the offensive, which proved to be the most bloody this year in Pakistan, had been leaked to the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda militants by sympathizers in the security forces, and the army walked into a literal hail of bullets.

Contacts familiar with the militants told Asia Times Online that every hill had observers as the first military convoys entered Bajaur - the main corridor leading to the Afghan provinces ofKunar, Nooristan, Kapisa and the capital Kabul - and they were quickly under attack. In just a few hours, 65 soldiers were killed, 25 were taken prisoner and scores more were wounded.

Under air cover, the soldiers retreated, leaving behind five vehicles and a tank, which are now part of the arsenal of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. On Tuesday, the Pakistan Air Force, whose air power played a central role in the Bajaur operation, was on the receiving end. Once again on the basis of precise information, eight airmen were killed in a suicide attack near Peshawar, the capital of North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).

(for more click on Taliban win a fight - and settle scores By Syed Saleem Shahzad )


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