have claimed arresting an American at Spin Buldock on the Pak-Afghan joint
border.Taliban authorities say documents recovered from him shows that his name
is Mazhar Ayub and he was arrested when he was entering Spin Buldock from
Chamman. Qari Abdul Wakil, a Taliban official says that the arrested man has
served in the U.S. army from 1971 to 1991. He has also fought during the Vietnam
war. He had also worked for the CNN from 1992 to 1998. After 1998, he visited
Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar where he recently worked with the UNCHR in the
to NNI, Taliban official said that Ayub was giving information to the Americans
and other Western countries about the Afghans. Taliban also think that his name
could not be Mazhar Ayub. They recovered
form him maps of Afghanistan and other information and books on Afghanistan.
also have some electronic equipment and they say that he might be providing
information to the U.S. and other military sections through these electronic
equipment. Taliban also said that when they stopped him, he told them that he
was a journalist. When his body search was carried out, some other materials
were recovered from him. That is why, the Taliban suspected him and arrested him.
Taliban say that they have kept him in a secret location and could not say
anything about his whereabouts. He is now under interrogation.
say that they may obtain something else from him. They said that the U.S.
organization, CIA had assigned him to visit Afghanistan to provide them
information in the cover of providing aid to the wounded persons. Taliban say
that his two American colleagues, Johan and Mong are a present in a Quetta hotel
and the arrested man had entered Afghanistan with the help of these persons.
Ex-Pak ISI chief says
Taliban have won the first round
the United States admitted Taliban as tougher, the former ISI Chief, General
Hamid Gul says the Taliban have won the first round. In an interview here he
said that the United States has no political solution for the next round as well.
They have no visible military targets, he added.
asked about the demand of an Afghan conference in Peshawar for the formation of
a broad-based government in Afghanistan, the former general said that the
supporters of former king Zahir Shah always
considered that it is the only solution of Afghanistan problems.
said that United States also pushes the same. He recalled that in the beginning
the United States had been supporting the Taliban movement with the impression
that after the failure of the Taliban, Zahir Shah would be brought back to run
the affairs. "But that proved wrong because Afghans are independent people,"
he added. eferring to the current situation, Hamid Gul said termed the U.S. as
the flag bearer of imperialism.
is important to note that a visible change has occurred in the Afghans society
but they are (U.S.) attempting to reverse the historical facts which is
impossible now," he added. He said for the time being the Taliban enjoy
grip on the affairs. He said the situation would remain so in the winter also.
What the U.S.
will do after that, it is still not clear.