ISLAMABAD: ISI, MI to probe killing of commandos

These four SSG commandoes from Kahuta, Mandi Bahauddin and Karor (Layyah), however, produced a new tale of heroism and bravery when before being gunned down and beheaded, they broke the necks of eight Taliban, once they came close to them to record their beheading scenes on camera to frighten their uniformed colleagues by sending the videos to them.

 

 

By Rauf Klasra
In an unprecedented move, the top military leadership of Pakistan has directed the ISI and the Military Intelligence (MI) to conduct an urgent inquiry into the shocking allegations of possible collaboration between former commissioner Malakand Mohammad Javed and the Taliban, who first gunned down and then beheaded four SSG commandos in Swat.

Since the start of the military operation in Swat, followed by the martyrdom of many brave officers and soldiers of Pakistan Army, this is the first time that the top military command has ordered such an inquiry into the killing of any officer during the ongoing Swat operation. Investigators from the two secret agencies have been told to specifically investigate the charges of alleged role of the former commissioner Malakand, Mohammad Javed, in the tragic incident, following allegations by some members of the officers’ families.

Talking to The News, DG ISPR Major General Athar Abbas confirmed that the intelligence agencies had been directed to probe the killing of the four SSG commandos at the hands of the Taliban and the alleged role of the commissioner Malakand in the ghastly affair.

Replying to some questions concerning the alleged role of the DMG officer Javed, General Athar said he could not give the details of these high level inquiries into the death of the commandos at this stage as investigations were under way. “There is certain classified information which cannot be shared with the media at this stage,” he said.

General Athar said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, too, had already told the media that an enquiry had been ordered. But at the time the PM had not clarified which agencies would be carrying out this investigation and nor the scope of the probe was spelled out.

Sources said the Pakistan Army was made to order a high-level inquiry into the killing of the officers when startling reports started pouring from different quarters about the alleged role of Javed.

A top intelligence source confided that an unrelated critical telephone intercept might throw some kind of light on the former commissioner’s allegedly sympathetic leaning towards the Taliban. Javed, it may be recalled, had also told the media and the Supreme Court, on oath, that Taliban did not lash the girl in public in the much publicised lashing case. But later, ANP leader Afzal Khan Lala and other journalists from Swat had confirmed the shocking incident.

Earlier, talking to the media, Javed had said that he had met the Taliban, holding the four SSG commandos hostage, and the detained officers, claiming that the Taliban were seeking release of their captured colleagues in exchange of the officers. He has also denied charges of any collusion with the Taliban and insisted that all his contacts with the Taliban had been on the precise directives of the NWFP government.

The investigators, it was learnt, shall also look at the coincidence of why Javed was never touched by the Taliban, who otherwise were kidnapping soldiers and other civil servants like DC Dir, etc. Why he was chosen by the Taliban to negotiate the release of those detained commandos.

These four SSG commandoes from Kahuta, Mandi Bahauddin and Karor (Layyah), however, produced a new tale of heroism and bravery when before being gunned down and beheaded, they broke the necks of eight Taliban, once they came close to them to record their beheading scenes on camera to frighten their uniformed colleagues by sending the videos to them.

Courtesy: The News International, 25th May 2009

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  1. These so called Talibans are blot in the face of humanity. Pakistan Army should butcher them when find any Taliban. These brutal terrorists are funded by Indian consulates in Afghanistan. I think our intelligence agencies should also give befitting response to the Indians present in Afghanistan.