By K.N. Pandita
Around the last week of March, Pakistani media channel 4 received a video recording asking it to pay US dollars 10 million by way of ransom for the release of its freelance documentary maker Asad Qureshi kidnapped on March 25 by Punjab militants calling themselves Asian Tigers. They also demanded simultaneous freedom for two Taliban commanders, Mulla Baradar and Masud Dadullah in exchange of two other persons they had kidnapped together with Qureshi namely, Khalil Khwaja and Colonel Amir Sultan Tarrar generally known as Col. Imam.
Before we proceed with the main body of this piece, we shall try to know something about Sultan Tarrar. Col. Tarrar a former ISI officer was once Pakistan’s Consul-General in Herat, a strategic town to the northeast of Afghanistan. He played crucial role in raising the Taliban militia under instructions and guidance of General Babar then Pakistan’s interior minister. Continue Reading…