Pakistan: FBI Raid Backfires
- FBI RAID ON PAKISTANI PHYSICIANS BACKFIRES
by our Pakistan observer
New Trend Magazine
If the U.S. was trying hard to lose friends and gain enemies in
Pakistan, it succeeded. The FBI swooped down on a family of
physicians on the outskirts of Lahore and arrested nine people,
The raid was led by the FBI but the dirty work was done by
Musharref's special forces.
Two of those arrested are U.S. citizens and one a Canadian
citizen, all members of the same family known for its charitable
services both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Just because some of them
visited Afghanistan to help the needy, they became the targets of
the U.S.'s inept and inefficient FBI.
After the arrests, there was a furor of protests in Pakistan.
Thousands of people whom the family of physicians had treated came
out to protest against U.S. intervention and blocked the G.T. road
highway outside Lahore for two hours.
Numerous physicians came out to protest, led by the famous Dr.
Aziz who was arrested last month in a similar raid by the FBI and
had to be released under Pakistani protests.
The protests this time reached every aspect of society, so much
so that even politicians supporting Musharref condemned the raid. In
serious damage control, Musharref's prime minister, Jamali, and
foreign minister Qasuri claimed that they had no info on FBI
inclusion in the raid. Jamali even claimed that he was kept totally
in the dark about the raid. [Some observers say that Jamali may be
telling the truth, which would indicate that Musharref is dealing
with the U.S.
even above his own prime minister's head.]
America today has become a dirty name in Pakistan. The U.S.
should question the stupidity of its FBI thugs who are ruining
whatever chances of goodwill remain for the U.S. in the Muslim
world. Kidnaping of Muslim doctors from their homes indicates the
desperation and futility of the U.S. in its attempts to catch those
elusive enemies who cannot be found.
FBI not involved in raid: Jamali:
No decision yet on Sindh governor
By Intikhab Hanif
LAHORE, Dec 21: Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has
categorically denied that the United States FBI was involved in
the operation in which Dr Ahmad Javed Khwaja and his eight family
members were arrested from Manawan on the suspicion of their link
with the Al Qaeda......
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