Monday, May 18, 2009

Agencies under fire

Top politicians questioned the poor performance of the intelligence agencies during the all parties conference (APC) for failing to pinpoint and take out the main leaders and targets of the Taliban in the troubled areas of Malakand and Swat.
Imran Khan, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and a few others also faced criticism for their opposition to the Army action against the Taliban. According to sources, role of the intelligence agencies came under question when Nawaz Sharif, Sahibzada Fazal Karim, Munir Orakzai and Maulana Fazlur Rehman wondered what our agencies were doing in the current situation as they had failed to find out the main targets to eliminate them.
MNA Munir Orakzai was not reluctant to name the secret agencies. He told the participants that he had raised this issue with the Army chief during the briefing by the military command last week. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was also criticised by some of the participants. Haji Hanif Tayyab, Ejaz Sarwat Qadri of the Sunni Tehrik and Maulana Fazlur Rehman spoke against him in the meeting. Imran, Maulana Fazl and others observed that the operation was launched in a hurry.
Asfandyar Wali and NWFP Chief Minister Hoti replied to questions put up by Imran which greatly helped him make up his mind to sign the joint declaration. PkMAP chief Mehmud Khan Achakzai, however, delivered a different speech in the meeting. Dr Babar Awan and Raza Rabbani had prepared the draft of the resolution which was later fine-tuned by Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Mushahid Hussain, Khurshid Shah, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Liaquat Baloch. The participants of the meeting even clashed during the debate on the current situation. At one stage, a furious Ghafoor Haideri after exchanging hot words with MNA Sahibzada Fazal Karim tried to walk out. But intervention by Gilani and Dr Babar Awan saved the situation.
Babar Ghauri and Ghafoor Haideri desperately wanted to rebut some of the criticism directed at their leaders during the meeting but Babar Awan informed them about the decision that only top leadership could clarify the situation.

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