The drama in Islamabad (literally)

Good script, good action

First, Abdul Aziz Ghazi was caught ‘trying to escape’ hidden inside a burqa. Several explanations on how exactly they realised that it was a man inside a woman’s clothing. Mr Ghazi is discredited. It now turns out that that it was the ISI that had asked him to turn up for a discussion, dressed in the burqa as usual.

Second, Mr Ghazi is made to recant and confess and all that, still wearing the burqa. Just in case people had missed the original story of him being caught in the burqa. By this time, public opinion is largely behind Gen Musharraf.

Third, Pakistani officials reveal that Musharraf’s plane might have been targeted by anti-aircraft guns from an Islamabad rooftop. The military spokesman then denies that Musharraf was the target, although he confirms the gun-on-rooftop story. There are a number of different descriptions of guns that were on that rooftop. For good measure, an anonymous security official has let it be known that the guns are similar to the ones used by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

And suddenly, Gen Musharraf is back again as the man single-handedly confronting Islamist radicals, at the risk of his own personal life. Nice.

4 thoughts on “The drama in Islamabad (literally)”

  1. In this uncharitable view, that movement’s recent sputtering helps explain this week’s tougher approach. But also, the zealots went too far. Last month they kidnapped (and then freed) seven Chinese people from a massage parlour they said was a brothel. China—an “all-weather” friend to all Pakistani governments—was appalled. Despite the likely casualties, attacking the mosque was now even more clearly in the national interest. So much so that cynics wonder who came up with the deranged idea of kidnapping Chinese citizens.


    Do these people read your blog or it was really a deranged idea?

  2. “Never mind that this particular ploy was probably doomed from the get-go, considering the guy’s conspicuous height and protruding pot belly, which evidently rendered him mighty unconvincing as he tried to pass for an innocent schoolgirl.” From the NYT blog.

    Unless the NY Times employs mindreaders, how did they know that he was going for the “innocent schoolgirl” look?
    Maybe he was going for the “mid 40ish with four children, out for a stroll” look.

  3. Nitin: cynicism with Mush is warranted. But what might follow is equally depressing: Benazir who can only think of a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card and all else be damned. And feudal in the extreme. The Pakistanis historically blow hot and blow cold on the democracy thing. Right now fatigue with the military has set in – so democracy is flavor-du-jour. A bunch of commentators (e.g. Ayaz Amir) will have us believe that Pakistan is in a “seminal” year – that Utopia is just one giant rally away. Its easier to believe that it’s just more of the same. The same folks calling for Mush’s head will be disgruntled in a couple of years from now with the new dispensation – whatever that might look like. The sicknesses of this state seem terminal.

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