January 4, 2006

AT LEAST THEY CAN TORTURE HIM:

Al-Qaeda's man who knows too much (Syed Saleem Shahzad, 1/05/06, Asia Times)

He was once close to Osama bin Laden, has intimate knowledge of al-Qaeda's logistics and financing and its nexus with the military in Pakistan, yet US intelligence has not been able to get its hands on him.

Ghulam Mustafa, 38, was picked up about 10 days ago in Lahore, and no charges have been brought against him: he is expected to disappear into a "black hole" and quietly be forgotten.

This is because Mustafa, erstwhile head of al-Qaeda's Pakistani operations, has some tales to tell, but the authorities in Pakistan would rather they were not heard, especially by the Americans, even though Islamabad is a signed-up member in the "war on terror". [...]

Being a part of the "mainstream" al-Qaeda, Mustafa was single-minded in the belief that jihad should be waged against the US, but not against pro-US Muslim countries.

An al-Qaeda faction in Pakistan led by Sheikh Essa believes that any sympathizers of the US are targets, whether or not they are Muslims.

When Mustafa was first arrested, many of his supporters, bitter that the state had turned against one of its prime assets, joined Essa's camp. These disgruntled al-Qaeda supporters were behind several attempts on Musharraf's life. Other assassination attempts were made by jihadis and army personnel.

And now that Mustafa has been detained again, more people are expected to fall in line with Essa's hardline vision, which includes targeting Musharraf.


The more al Qaeda targets the near enemy the easier for us to get their co-operation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2006 9:16 AM
Comments

Could Musharraf have forseen this effect and arrested Mustafa to achieve it? If Musharraf wants to crush Al Qaeda in order to secure his own power, this would seem a good way to "heighten the contradiction" and provide plenty of cover for crack downs.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 4, 2006 6:30 PM
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