Sunday, January 21, 2007
# Posted 12:50 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
My photographer, Akhtar Soomro, and I were followed over several days of reporting in Quetta by plainclothes intelligence officials who were posted at our respective hotels. That is not unusual in Pakistan, where accredited journalists are free to travel and report, but their movements, phone calls and interviews are often monitored.The war continues. (6) opinions -- Add your opinion
This not exactly on point, but nor is it entirely irrelevant
At least some quarters of Pakistan are preparing for a hostile showdown with the United States:
Mirza Aslam Beg, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff from 1988-1991, has stated that Pakistan is on the US's "hit list" - next in line after Iran.
See here --
Pakistan is aheah of us if they are closely watching the New Your times. They have be giving away our secrets, I am sure Pakistan would like to protect theirs.
Mirza Beg is an interesting person, but it must be recognised he is both a long-standing hawk and an opponent of close ties with the United States; also, he lies outside Musharraf's good graces and the policy mainstream, and has done since the Habib bank scandal in 1994 and A.Q. Khan's banishment. He is not really to be regarded as indicative of views in Pakistani policy circles, though he ought be given credit for his role in the transition from military rule to Benazir. (Though then again perhaps not too much credit: thanks largely to Beg, Benazir was not permitted any access either to the nuclear programme or to the Afghan cell, both of which remained in military hands.)
There's a great deal of mention of my country in the press these days, from people who do not actually follow the multiple stories that constitute its day to day reality. This is ALSO Pakistan:
It is true that Pakistan tops the list for journalist abductions and killings in South Asia the past year, followed by Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and India. According to the SAFMA report, here.
People within parliament are aware of all this and certain factions, notably ex-journalist Sherry Rehman, also responsible for the implementation of the recent and controversial Women's Protection Bill, have raised an outcry.
For a war to continue, perhaps you should consider doing some more groundwork.
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