A Paki doctor accused of running a vaccination programme for the CIA to help track down Osama Bin Laden should be put on trial for high treason, a government commission in Pakistan has said.
Such a charge carries the death penalty and is likely to infuriate U.S. officials, who are pushing for Dr Shakil Afridi’s release. Â Â He has been in the custody of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency since soon after the May 2 American raid that killed bin Laden. (source)
Dress for success:
The intrepid, manly mujahedin in action again. Not surprisingly, this attack had another effect that was certainly hoped for: out of a school of 400, only about 25 girls returned after the attack. Not only did the police fail to intervene, they were reportedly instructed to do nothing.
Jihad causes poverty. “Dress modestly: Masked men enter girls’ school, thrash students,” by Azam Khan for theÂ Express Tribune, October 9
Â The Paki Double Game:
Shut up, the Pakistani senator explained. “Pakistan says Obama pressure on militants hurts Afghanistan,” by Augustine Anthony forÂ Reuters, October 7:
Â For once, Karzai tells the truth:
Few officials — not even high-ranking ones — are mincing words about Pakistan anymore. Pakistan, for its part, surely has an injured, offended response in the works. “Karzai: Taliban can’t move finger without Pakistan,” by Deb Reichmann for theAssociated Press, October 7:
The attack was intended to be a land grab, reportedly orchestrated by an influential local Muslim, but the assailants were obviously prepared to kill in the process, clearly confident all along that the police would look the other way. “Pakistan Muslim Militants Kill Christian, Injure 20,” by Stefan J. Bos forÂ BosNewsLife, October 7
Â Islamic Democracy:
The attorney also argued that the Sharia court had jurisdiction, not the civil court, which he said ignored Islamic jurisprudence about blasphemy and so rudely fixated instead on the fact that Mumtaz Qadri committed murder.
It is noteworthy that Salman Taseer, the victim, is now cast as a blasphemer himself. That is indeed the reason he was killed: for committing blasphemy against the blasphemy law. “Pakistani Muslims on strike against the death sentence for the murder of Salman Taseer,” by Jibran Khan forÂ Asia News, October 7:
Time for the US to Get Tough with Pakistan (LA Times)
“The U.S. campaign against global terrorism cannot succeed as long as Pakistan’s army and ISI continue to support terrorist sanctuaries and training facilities inside Pakistan.”