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The Rottweiler of Islamofascism is cannibalized by his own ilk

By Omar Khattab in Islamabad

Khalid Khawaj’s bullet-ridden body thrown onto a rubbish mound in Waziristan reminds one of William Shakespeare’s central theme in his tragedies: Evil is self-destructive. Khalid Khawaja was an extremely evil man who was one of the ISi experts who dedicated their lives to undermining democracy and promoting Islamofascism in Pakistan. He cheered the Lal Masjid terrorists when they terrorized the people of Islamabad for not following the Dark Ages ethos of Wahabism.

It was Khalid Khawaja who in 1989 arranged a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Osama bin Laden to bring down the democratically elected government of Benazir Bhutto. It was Khalid Khawaja who barked up every right and wrong tree to prove that the terrorists of the Lal Masjid were saintly, peace-loving Muslims. It was he who set up a “human rights” group to tell the world that the Taliban were a bevy of Islamic Che Guevaras fighting for justice and international brotherhood against imperialism. He used his financial resources (stolen from the national exchequer just like his fellow ISI Islamist-robbers) and political contacts to hide the unspeakable atrocities the Taliban have been carrying out in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He was a de facto ambassador of the Wahabi Monarchy of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan. His wickedness was boundless and he was able to corrupt an already-anti-People’s Party Supreme Court. The evidence? Here is the evidence: According to PML-N leader Senator Pervez Rashid, “Khalid Khawaja offered us that Nawaz Sharif should file a petition against Zardari [challenging his ability to become Pakistan’s president] and he will manage a Supreme Court verdict against Zardari within 24 hours but we refused to play in the hands of Khawaja.”

But he was relentless. He filed a case in the court of the fellow Islamofascist Chaudhry Iftikhar against the constitutional immunity of the president of Pakistan. He did not live to see the day, but Chaudhry Iftikhar may oblige him posthumously.

Again, he was able to stop the government of Pakistan from extraditing terrorists like Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and five American youths to the United States. He was right: the Islamofascist judges of Pakistan were at his beck and call. One after the other he filed petitions in various courts for the release of terrorists and murderers. He cheered on as Ahmedis, Christians, and Shias were killed by his fellow Talibanic Islamofascists.

But in the end, the evil of which he was a part came full circle. He was killed by the Lashkar-e-Jhangivi terrorists, the group whose mission is either to kill all the Shias of Pakistan or force them to convert to Wahabism. The evil created by the ISI is so stupendously insane and paranoid that it is suspicious of everyone including its own creators.

Khalid Khawaja’s funeral prayer was led by the Imam of the Lal Masjid; Lal Masjid, the infamous bastion of Islamofascism in Islamabad. His friends, followers, and supporters have dispatched to him to paradise where he will sleep with 70 ever-virgin houris till the Doomsday. Meanwhile the evil of which he was a part will continue to doom the minorities in Pakistan.

The words of Khalid Khawajs’s widow—that he is a martyr and she is proud of him—have been echoing with a shattering noise for their emptiness, hypocrisy, and madness. He was not martyred, but cannibalized by his own ilk. Like Shakespeare’s Iago and Edmund, the Satanic Khalid Khawaja will inspire revulsion in anyone who stands for goodness.

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  • Violence preacher became a victim of violence. Very well written article, Mr Khattab.

    Here is another piece from today’s Dawn along the same line:

    Khwaja’s murder points to home truths
    By Zaffar Abbas
    Monday, 03 May, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Horrific as it was, the brutal killing of an ex-ISI man and pro-Islamist campaigner Khalid Khwaja by members of an Islamist group is also a stark reminder of how the sudden intensification of militancy over the last couple of years, especially by the so-called Punjabi Taliban, is to a large extent a direct reaction to the events of Lal Masjid.

    It’s been almost three years since the Pakistan Army stormed the militant-infested Lal Masjid and its adjacent Madressah Hafsa, killing more than a hundred people, including many women and the firebrand cleric Abdur Rasheed Ghazi.

    As it turned out, such use of military might was an overreaction by the then president Pervez Musharraf to the killing of some army commandos. Ignoring the advice of some of his commanders against the abandoning of negotiation process, he had ordered the use of brute force against a handful of militants and others holed up inside the mosque and the Madressah.

    As it soon dawned on the authorities the killing of armed militants and razing of the women’s Madressah in the heart of Islamabad to the ground sent a wave of anger and hatred amongst Islamist groups.

    The blowback was so severe that the country’s security establishment is still trying to cope with the situation.

    Khalid Khwaja’s abduction and violent death have added an entirely new dimension to the militant movement. Indications are that his abductors and a few other new factions of the so-called Punjabi Taliban, mostly drawn from the former mainstream pro-Kashmiri groups, regard the Pakistan Army and its intelligence outfits as their biggest enemies.

    And Mr Khwaja’s taped ‘confessional statement’, which he was forced to record, clearly shows such militants are not prepared to forget the Lal Masjid saga.

    “Khalid Khwaja had very close links with Abdur Rashid Ghazi and the Lal Masjid movement and it seems that some of the militants suspect him of betrayal,” author and security analyst Zahid Hussain said. He also did not rule out the possibility of these men being behind the murder as, according to him, “a large number of Ghazi’s disciples have turned Waziristan into their base and have been involved in recent terrorist attacks”.

    The video and press statement released by the abductors a few days before Khalid Khwaja’s murder highlight three significant points. The group, which calls itself ‘Asian Tigers’ and comprises militants from Punjab, made him criticise mainstream pro-Kashmiri groups like Jaish-i-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba as being pro-establishment, made him admit that he was an ‘agent’ of ISI and CIA, and to having played a negative or dubious role in the Lal Masjid affair.

    It’s difficult to say what the next move by this militant group will be. But one thing is clear: its members are probably dissident from one or more of the mainstream militant groups they hate the Pakistan Army and ISI and want to avenge the killings in Lal Masjid.

    Senior security and intelligence officials privately admit that the ill-planned storming of Lal Masjid, and the resultant blowback, has changed the entire complexion of militancy in the country, particularly in Punjab. Based on available data, some of these officials are convinced the Lal Masjid operation proved to be a turning point in the militant movement, resulting in emergence of more ferocious groups, both from within the existing militant organisations and also from what were described in some intelligence reports as ‘Lal Masjid affectees’.

    Chain reaction

    “Initially there were a few incidents of terrorism in the aftermath of the Lal Masjid operation, and we thought it was a natural reaction by a group of angry people and will soon die down,” said a senior police officer who had initially dealt with the crisis.

    “But none of us could have imagined the kind of chain reaction that we continue to see today,” he said.

    And he is not entirely wrong, as is clear from the available statistics. From 2003 till July 2007 (when the Lal Masjid episode occurred), there were six suicide attacks in Punjab. Five of these were during the first two years, there were no incidents during 2005 and 2006, and in 2007 one brutal attack rocked the army training camp in Kharian.

    Compared to this, from Aug 2007 to March this year, there have been a total of 33 suicide attacks in the province. The previous year (2009) topped the table with 13 strikes. During these three years, over 600 people have been killed in suicide attacks in Punjab alone. Another 112 have lost their lives in bomb explosions and other incidents of violence in the province.

    Although the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Fata were already in the grip of extremist violence, the post-Lal Masjid backlash has made things worse.

    Experts ascribe the aggravation to a number of factors, but admit that the Lal Masjid episode was the trigger for alienating an already fringe group. “The Lal Masjid incident was the turning point for Pakistani militant groups when they declared Jihad against the state and the military,” says Zahid Hussain.

    Punjab Nexus

    The storming of the mosque and the anger it generated sparked defections from pro-Kashmiri groups like Jaish and Lashkar-e-Taiba, with the dissidents accusing the army and ISI of betrayal, and joining hands with sectarian or militant outfits like Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Harkat-i-Jihad-i-Islami to create a Punjab nexus in the tribal region.

    Many security experts believe that this radicalisation process has continued even now, with more and more people either forcing the leadership of mainstream militant organisations to take a tougher stance, or are quitting these groups to move towards ‘Punjabi camps’ in Fata.

    In the aftermath of the Lal Masjid episode two distinct groups of the so-called affectees had emerged in Malakand and southern Punjab, one calling itself ‘Hafsa Brigade’ and the other one ‘Ghazi Force’ (named after the slain chief cleric of the mosque).

    But on their own these groups were not able to make any real impact, and soon most of their members went and joined the more established militant groups. Among these the one which has continued to remain in the forefront, and is also suspected of being behind the kidnapping of Khalid Khwaja, Col Imam and journalist Asad Qureshi, is Ilyas Kashmiri’s Harkat-i-Jihad-i-Islami, currently hiding its real identity behind a hitherto unknown group Asian Tigers.

    Along with Lashkar-i-Jhangvi it is also the most ferocious of Punjabi militant groups.

    Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) continues to remain the biggest group and the centrifugal force in the Pakistan-centric suicide and other attacks. It is believed to be assisted by Al Qaeda’s Azmari faction, which was organised by Kenyan-born Al Qaeda man Al-Kinni, who was killed in a drone attack. The TNSM’s Fazlullah faction once provided both logistic and material support to these Punjabi Taliban before it came under heavy attack by the army in Malakand.

    And now most of its members have either been killed or are on the run. The anti-Shia Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has been attracting a large number of militants from southern Punjab. It has adopted Fata as a safe heaven to organise and launch attacks in the province.

    And although Masood Azhar’s main faction of Jaish-i-Mohammed and its affiliated Al Rehmat Welfare Trust have so far enjoyed an upper hand in lower Punjab, its breakaway faction, Jamaat-ul-Furqan, and its affiliate Al Asr Trust, has been pulling many militants who feel they have been betrayed by the ISI and army on issues like Kashmir and Afghanistan.

    Jamaatud Dawa or Lashkar-i-Taiba, being Ahle Hadith rather than Deobandi outfits, do not figure very prominently in this equation, although some believe it too was finding it hard to keep its membership intact in the wake of an anti-establishment wave within the militant movement in the country.

    Numerous factors have contributed to this spike in religiously-motivated violence. Among them are the Afghan situation, growing anti-Americanism and a marked shift in the military establishment’s policy vis-a-vis use of militancy as a policy tool. But few could have realised what havoc mishandling of the Lal Masjid episode would wreak. The blowback can be equated to the storming of the Golden Temple by Indian troops in 1984 and the boost it gave to the Khalistan terror movement. Some experts believe, considering the dynamics of the militancy, and the geographical area it is capable of influencing, the ultimate fallout from the Lal Masjid could yet be much bigger and deadlier.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/khwajas-murder-points-to-home-truths-350

  • Omar Khatab well done!
    Right on the spot to expose this islamofascism which has destroyed the social fabric of our once secular society.

  • Opaque and unaccountable counter-terror

    Tuesday, May 04, 2010
    Mosharraf Zaidi

    The murder of Pakistan’s international man of mystery, Khalid Khawaja, should awaken Pakistanis on all points in the political, religious and social spectrum to the depth and complexity of the terrorists’ challenge to Pakistan. Khawaja was, what many investment bankers would call, a relationship manager. Along with a small group of others, he helped manage Pakistan’s various and increasingly complex relationships with terrorist groups. That he had spent an increasing share of his time in recent months trying to cool down and temper the responses of terrorists to the Pakistani state’s full-scale war on terror is ironic. Khawaja was the quintessential 21st century holy warrior — the anti-thesis of a counter-radicalisation strategy. That he was an asset in Pakistan’s strategy speaks volumes about how poorly prepared Pakistan is for this challenge.

    As far back as 1987, Khalid Khawaja was seen to be too blunt, too extreme and too much of a risk for the piety-stricken Gen Ziaul Haq. It is ironic indeed that Daniel Pearl once harangued Khawaja for greater access to some of the Al Qaeda and Taliban figures he was on personal terms with. In the end, the extremist disease that beheaded Daniel Pearl was unable to distinguish between what Pearl represented, and what Khawaja stood for. When Pakistan’s violent extremists cannot tell the difference between Islamist activists like Khalid Khawaja and reporters for the Wall Street Journal like Daniel Pearl, we should all be very scared about what the hell it is, that is actually going on, in Pakistan. (That is of course if you haven’t yet been scared by the more than 25,000 lives that terrorism and counter-terror operations have claimed).

    We know through the intrepid reporting of Zafar Abbas and Hamid Mir of course that Khawaja’s killers were not garden variety ‘Taliban’. We know that none of the so-called ‘good’ Pakistani Taliban — Gul Bahadur, Sirajuddin Haqqani, and their ilk — have any control over any of the ‘bad’ Pakistani Taliban — Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Ilyas Kashmiri, and their latest ilk, the Asian Tigers. We know that the Asian Tigers, the group that took Khawaja’s life, was inspired by the tragedy at Lal Masjid. We know that the Afghan Taliban, no matter how hard clash-of-civilisations-analysts try, are not the same thing at all, as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ Pakistani Taliban, or their splinter groups, like the Asian Tigers.

    Yet somehow, the word Taliban continues to be used in the broader Pakistani discourse wantonly, without any context. This enables a sanitised and simplified civilisational version of the world in which black and white caricatures are pitted against one another. On one side are the supposed frappuccino-sipping, sun-block dripping, dogma-ripping globalised liberals, on-side with the west and all things modern. On the other are the ‘Taliban’. If you don’t fit squarely into one group, you are automatically the other. This is why it is so easy to equate criticism of the PPP as a right-wing conspiracy, why it is so easy to label as anti-Pakistan anyone that questions the conduct of the military on and off the field of battle, and why it is so easy to brand those that condemn and oppose the tyranny of terrorists as American and Indian agents.

    This “us versus them” formulation of a very complex set of incentives, stimuli and events had produced a dangerous culture of simplified good and evil in Pakistan. As we know from global experience, simpleton good v. evil is bush league — George W Bush League to be precise. If the American people have smartened up to the nuance and delicacy of dealing with different parts of the world, and different Muslim populations, differently, it seems ridiculous that Pakistanis should need any prodding at all to be convinced that nuance and delicacy might be in order in Pakistan’s own struggle against terrorists.

    It stands to reason that among terrorist threats, there are both the reconcilables and irreconcilables. The reconcilable may include the so-called ‘good’ Taliban, like Haqqani and Co. Or they may not. We don’t actually know if there are any terrorists that are reconcilable. The possibility of openly exploring the space for armistices has been captured by the military, and shrunk due to the secrecy and failure surrounding previous attempts. The disastrous Nizam-e-Adl fiasco and the ensuing Rah-e-Rast operation in Swat buried the little political space that existed to consider engaging reconcilables. Many that had long advocated a zero-tolerance for terror groups’ demands were buoyed by the shrinkage of space for negotiations and talks with terrorists — at least partly, myself included. But Pakistanis have paid a high institutional price for the shrinking of the space for dialogue.

    That price is the relevance of mysterious figures like Khawaja and Hamid Gul in Pakistani public life. In an environment that condemns talking to terrorists as a sign of weakness, and an existential threat, the only way the Pakistani state can communicate with terrorists is through these kinds of interlocutors. These interlocutors do the dirty work of the Pakistani state. The fact that Pakistanis don’t trust these interlocutors, any more than they trust their enemies, is not surprising. Operators like Hamid Gul can never enjoy the legitimacy to act on behalf of the Pakistani people. The only actors in the public space that do enjoy the luxury of legitimate agency are politicians.

    Of course, the political space has not demonstrated its capacity for the courage to sit with, stare down, and negotiate with terrorists. Unless the mainstream parties, led by the PPP and the PML-N, produce politicians capable of travelling to the tribal agencies and sitting down with the Sirajuddin Haqqanis and Mullah Nazeers of the world, we can be certain of two things. One, public policy ‘trouble-shooters’ like Khawaja and Hamid Gul will continue to exercise power on behalf of the people of Pakistan, without the burden of accountability. Two, the Pakistani military will continue to conduct military operations — and charge taxpayers in Pakistan (and outside) a sizeable amount of money to do so, without any oversight at all.

    If Pakistan’s military will ever be the impregnable wall of defence for Pakistan that it aspires to be, it needs to be subservient to civilian oversight. Only visible and demonstrable civilian oversight can help internalise the human cost of Pakistan’s war on terrorism. That cost begins and ends with innocent civilian casualties, or collateral damage. If there is one single issue that drives and motivates the rank and file of the irreconcilable terrorist threat in Pakistan, it is innocent civilian deaths.

    We often speak of innocent civilian deaths in the abstract. The reason is simple. There is very little verifiable information about civilian deaths available to the public. All access to victims is controlled by the state — which is not too keen to allow a balanced national conversation. Still, two events stick out strikingly, in the chronology of the terrorism and counter-terrorism story of Pakistan since 2002. The first is the October 30, 2006, military attack on the Chenagai madressah in Bajaur, which killed more than 80 (mostly children). The second is the July 10, 2007, storming of Lal Masjid.

    Innocent civilian deaths are often seen as a Trojan Horse, or a proxy for ideological opposition to war. And perhaps there needs to be an ideological debate about the merits and demerits of a Pakistani war on terrorism. But the implications of innocent civilian deaths on the actual war effort as it exists are here and now. They are real life, not ideological. The Asian Tigers’ are a direct correlate of the killing fields of Lal Masjid. Their murder of Khalid Khawaja is a manifestation of just how irreconcilable these groups have become.

    The take-no-prisoners, kill-’em-all approach to the Pakistan’s terrorism problem has been arguably successful in some respects. But if the fallout from Lal Masjid is anything to go by, its failures and their extent is unknowable. That is a dangerous and scary prospect.

    Killing innocent civilians is what terrorists do. That’s how terrorists should be branded. Those Pakistani soldiers that are bravely fighting terrorists should never be seen as aggressors of innocent people. The manner in which Pakistan is countering terrorism undermines the sacrifices of its soldiers, and perpetuates the presence of Khalid Khawajas and Hamid Guls in our national conversation. Pakistan and democracy can do better than this.

    The writer advises governments, donors and NGOs on public policy. http://www.mosharrafzaidi.com

    http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=237355

  • The killings of Khalid Khawja explains the level of respect these barbarians have for human life, it is a norm not harm journalists or medical personal. But the Taliban do not adhere to any code of ethics as they assured the gentlemen of their security and later took them as captives. Anyone who supports Taliban must keep in mind what happened to Khaild Khuwaja.

  • Although the murder of the person is a sad incident but this does proof the hypocrisy of the Taliban. They do not differentiate between friends and foes. There extremist ideology prevails everywhere in their speech and act.

  • This article should be an eye-opener for all the people who promote Islamofascism. Karma does bite back and as they say, evil is self-destructive.

  • Man make a correction.People on this blog always try to play with histroy but distorting it.it is a shame.Khalid khawaja gave suggestion to nawaz for challenging zardari’s qualification in dogar court not in ifthikar chaudhry court.Dogar was a shameless person who infact was hero of zardari.and you mentioned he filed a petition in SC about zardari qualifiaction i think any one who is citizn of pakistan has a right to file petition.tell me what CJ did on that?

  • Khawaja was absolutely wrong, u r right on this-but all else written is mere Bull-shit!

  • Tit for tat is the moral of his life story. He was no good in anything he had done over the years. Don’t blame the wife, please. What else can she say or do? What kind of oppressed woman will she be, married to this hardliner?
    One request to every one, please dont justify the militants actions as a reaction to Lal Masjid debacle. These blood thirsty, illiterate, maniacs are power hungry bastards, attempting to run governments for any lame excuse that they could come up with.

  • who is this so called writer khattak. He blamed every peoples and even supreme court and called the court “anti PPP” he is man without brain and knowledge. he does not know any thing. Completely a illiterate man. He seems to be PPP jiala not a writer. He does not know nothing about khalid khawaja. he should keep his mouth shut and analysis itself what he is.?? bakwas all of this.

  • Anyone who supported the cause of extremists in our country has done the greatest disservice to the nation.

  • Its hard for a wife, son, daughter and other family members to see their loved ones die like this regardless of what that person used to do. My condolence with the family of Mr Khwaja. I hope people will learn lesson from this incident.

  • @Ali
    Dear Ali
    Your English is terrible which makes your message confusing. I know in your family you are called “Brown Bear” because you are obese. But this web site is real and human. (By the way, I know your. Your cousin is my friend.)

  • Khalid Khawaja was against Zardari beyond any doubt but recently he had been on war of words with PML N stalwarts on his revelation about Nawaz Sharif taking 10 million dollars from Osama Bin Laden. He had challenged NS for more such revelation about his character. Now he has been eliminated by an unknown group “Asian Tigers”. It reminds me of a well known slogan from Nawaz Sharif of making Pakistan an Asian Tiger. Is there any relation of Asian Tigers with the slogan Asian Tiger.

  • The CM Punjab who was pleading the terrorists for immunity from terrorists attack might have requested them privately to keep KK mouth shut as he was embarrasing the Amirul Momineen NS by his statements regarding millions of dollars…

  • It is very clear now that ISI Zia Group is supporting and funding the terrorist .Now instead of calling Taliban we should say Pakistan army (hameed gul group ) or ISI Zia group .the question is who is supreme commander and “Ameer ul Momineen “of ISI zia group (Taliban ) ? Instead for having dialog with Taliban, Government and Army (Haqiqi group lead by Pervez Kiani ) should talk to ISI/Army Zia group .

    From the same institution “Pakistan Army “One group is supporting and leading terrorist and other is killing them ,One is calling enemy and other is calling friends .
    ISI Zia group should be blamed first for the killing of innocent people in Pakistan and killing of Pakistan Army .

  • shame on you omar for writting all this non sence about a legend.He is martyr may ALLAH give him place in jannate ferdous.

  • Mr. Khattab, please let us know of the number of articles you wrote about Mr. Khwaja during his life. I know nothing about who he was & how he operated, but it clearly tells the character of a man who scavenges on dead. Anyhow if you talk about fascism please have a look on how blackwater is operating in your country & how they are making an opinion which is going public thru scavengers of the likes of Mr. Khattab.
    As stated by you, he was hand-in hand with taliban & for so long, then how could a cunning man like him fall prey to his “friends” so easily while well-knowing how they operated.

  • @Akmal
    Akmal. What a perceptive thought!!! It is worth a probe. I am in Islamabad these days. I plan to visit Swat in the next few days. I will try to find out. On the face of it, your comment makes a lot of sense. After all, the Shairfs and the Taliban are one. Thanks.

  • @truth sticken
    Why should have I written an article about him? I have been writing articles about the ISI, PML-N, and the Taliban. Aanjhani Khalid Khawaja was one of them.

  • The end is bad and complicated. Well done mr. khattab. Really nice article. Evil is self-destructed. A famous saying. It is his actions that we are facing this time till now and so many people have lost their lives due to this religion extremism.

  • To me it serves him right. These people for their own benefits introduced Islam extremism in the region and now it is out of control. This is how he was killed. We must now work to get this extremism out of our lives and promote a tolerant society.

  • The US had been comfortable with Zia who had given access to CIA and Mossad secret agents in Pakistan in exchange of Dollars and perpetuating his reign of terror. He vehemently advocated Saudi Islam and brought warriors now called Taliban in this region not in love of Islam but in aid of his master the USA. People are surprised that it let Zia with Nuclear Program but the US was wiser enough. Why should it stop Zia getting nuclear when it knew the N weapons cannot be used by Paskistan even in remote future but they gifted this country with the most devastating Bomb “Taliban”. You see most of the leaders of Taliban have been associated with the CIA one way or the other. Now Hamid Gul and his cronies are at war with Pakistani agencies in disguise of abusing US. Nawaz Sharif is in the same bandwagon. He had been lifted safe and sound from Attock jail with the help of Saudis and is very much alive for another term of office but BB was eliminated in guise of “deal”. NS departure was surprising so is his return. He could not gather 100 persons on Sep. 7 2007 and was posted to KSA but came back before elections only to shedding tears on the death of BB. He would have the topmost guarantee of his safety when he made his appearance in RGH rawalpindi on Dec. 27 2007. Also note that NS had gone to Dubai on a private visit after the kidnapping of Khalid Khawaja and returned only after it was confirmed that KK had been thoroughly killed by “Asian Tigers”

  • Imam, journalist handed over to Haqqani group
    Upadated on: 06 May 10 08:18 PM

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Asian Tigers have handed over kidnapped Colonel Imam and British journalist Asad Qureshi to Sirajuddin Haqqani group, one of the main Taliban group, SAMAA learnt Thursday.

    Both would be sent to their homes, sources disclosed.

    Sources told that Maulana Sami-ul Haq and Mulla Umar have played a crucial role in the release of both men.

    Colonel Imam, Asad Qureshi and Khwaja Khalid were kidnapped on the way to Waziristan from Islamabad on March 26.

    Khalid Khwaja was killed on April 30 for not materializing the demands of kidnappers. SAMAA

    http://www.samaa.tv/News19827-Imam_journalist_handed_over_to_Haqqani_group.aspx

  • Abductors free Col. Imam, Asad Qureshi
    Updated at: 1601 PST, Thursday, May 06, 2010
    MIRANSHAH: Col. Imam and a journalist Asad Qureshi have been released by their abductors today in North Waziristan Agency area of Miranshah, Geo News reported Thursday.

    It should be mentioned that the abductors released a video of former ISI man Sultan Ameer alias Col. Imam, Squadron (rtd) Muhammed Khalid Khawja and a British journalist Asad Qureshi on April 19 (Monday).

    Khalid was killed on April 30 and his body was thrown into suburbs of Mir Ali.

    According to sources, these abductees were handed through a Haqqani Group during a Jirga in Miranshah.
    Taliban extremists released the video of the abductees who they lifted from Wana while on way to Waziristan from Kohat on March 25 on charges of spying.

    Col. Imam, introducing himself in the video, said he came to Waziristan on advice from Gen (rtd) Aslam Baig.

    Khalid Khawja said he came to Waziristan at the bidding of Gen (rtd) Aslam Baig and Gen (rtd) Hameed Gul.

    The British abductee demanded the government of his release. The abductees said they have been abducted by an organization Asian Tiger.

    Imam has been a close friend of Taliban. Khalid is chief of Defence for Human Rights.

    According to sources, Khalid and Imam were in Waziristan in connection with peace negotiations.

    http://www.geo.tv/5-6-2010/64445.htm

  • I wish when you go to swat the taliban kidnap you and slaughter you then i want see what your mother and sister and wife have to say.

  • @Omar Khattab
    no pun intended here.. but the man is dead.
    a lot of players playing with this country, whether the bikaoo media or the bikaoo leadership, everybody is piecing & piecing well, getting the share of this yet to be hunted land. With iran, china, russia & the u.s eyeballing like condors & waiting to strike at any front; militancy, religion, resources (natural or human), we area at war with little realization of our fate. Environed with these fears, one can only dread & wait to be consumed. The world around us is less trustful place these days.
    The international strategic corridor or BBs assassination, kashmir front or faisal shehzad, mumbai attacks, 18th amendment or a vindictive statement by Ali Raza. So much happening & only in my country. What has gone so wrong with us.

  • The only reason i wrote this vindictive statement the man is martyred and this guy Mr.omer wanna be journalist writing what his wife a (great and strong)women had to say i felt its very insulting to his family.May his soul be in rest and peace .Mr omer you the devil.

  • Man explain me how he destroyed peace of countless families.I think you just asume things you dont know nothing you just sh..t talker.

  • Man explain me how he destroyed peace of countless families.I think you just asume things you dont know nothing you just sh..t talker.

  • @ali raza
    with due respect Ali.. u too have displayed the same if u think Omar has stated or said sumthing wrong. It would be much wiser if you refute the guy then just showing tantrum, facts count u c.

  • Mr. Khattab have u done ur investigation?. What did u find?Is there any connection between BB murder and KK’s?

  • Dear Akmal
    What I wrote is more of an opinion than research though the claims I make are well-known and open secrets.