Being a ‘number two’ in the Taliban is as bad as being bin Laden’s ‘right hand man’
It is Mullah Dadullah who is at the crease, scoring runs and playing to the galleries in the process. He is the new public face of the Taliban leadership. He is also, according to Syed Saleem Shehzad, the man in charge of the Taliban’s upcoming ‘spring offensive’ against American, NATO and government troops in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, Mullah Obeidullah is no longer at the crease (and was perhaps a non-striker while he was there). In the finest traditions of Pakistan’s role as a FATWAT, Obeidullah was arrested in Pakistan the very day a ‘Senior Administration Official‘ from the Bush administration came to have lunch with Gen Musharraf.
Granted, the Pakistanis need to find a new scapegoat (usually a right-hand man or a number two in some hierarchy) for diplomatic deipnosophy. Yet even ones with lesser intelligence would know that this trick of pulling out rabbits at the throw of a hat only points to how many they have in their bag and how easy it is to pull them out. Why do they even bother with this charade anymore?