[The Mullah-Military (ISI-Taliban) Alliance Remains Intact?]
Monday August 03, 2009
Alex Crawford, Asia correspondent
The Pakistani Government said Khalid died months ago
The claims were denied by the Taliban at the time.
Sky’s cameraman is allowed to film the militant leader signing a paper giving his access to the four hostages.
They belong to the Frontier Constabulary, which is the security force operating in the tribal areas.
One of the men addresses the camera and says they have been held for three months.
He appeals to the government to release Taliban prisoners in exchange for their freedom.
Khalid tells Sky News that he has already killed two of his hostages but is willing to free the remaining four if five Taliban prisoners are let out of custody.
Richard Holbrooke said he was not sure whether the operation had achieved its aim of driving the Taliban out of the former tourist spot.
The new US administration has up until now given great support to Pakistan’s attempts to curb extremism in the country.
‘Army majors arrested for collaborating with terrorists’
Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: Elements in the intelligence agencies who were sympathetic towards terrorists had resigned and had been arrested, a private TV channel quoted Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday, adding they were officers of the rank of major and wanted to target army generals.
He said there have been some elements in the intelligence agencies who have had links with terrorists, including Baithullah Mehsud, Qari Ilyas and Qari Hussain and with banned organisations.
To a question, he said South Waziristan had become a hub of anti-state activities and terrorists from various areas, including Hangu, Bajaur and Mohmand agencies, were operating against security forces.
Malik said he would bring the culprits behind Benazir Bhutto’s murder to justice.
He said terrorists were responsible for the current economic and law and order situation.
He said the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Muhammad supported Taliban and Al Qaeda in destabilising the country, adding all madrassas were not involved in illegal activities. (Daily Times, 4 August 2009)