Saturday, November 12, 2011

The runaway general

By ordering the Nawab’s assassination, Musharraf had actually lent strength to the elements nursing separatist tendencies. During his nine years of military rule he had committed countless crimes but the one for which he deserves the harshest punishment was his having subjected the people of Balochistan to the worst kind of repression. Military’s intelligence agencies had been given a free rein to kill and kidnap innocent citizens on the mere suspicion of their links with the terrorist networks. Many of them were handed over to the Americans for questioning at Guantanamo Bay. The whereabouts of those who disappeared under mysterious circumstances remain unknown despite repeated court orders for their recovery.

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