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    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
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      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,
      mostly physicians.
      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.

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      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......

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top1.htm&date=20021222


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