Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"The Hindu" comes out with details

It's amazing how fast my blog postings turn obsolete. The Hindu has come up with a very detailed article about the captured terrorist (including yet another name for him, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Iman). While the sources of the information are not named, and while The Hindu could be wrong as it has been wrong before, the fact is that this is a very scholarly publication generally known for its careful pursuit of factual information. Moreover its political ideology (roughly CPI-M) does not make it prone to irresponsible anti-Pakistan rhetoric (digression: it is, however, prone to irresponsible pro-China rhetoric!).

The new report is as detailed as this sample indicates:

"The man in the photo was born on July 13, 1987 at Faridkot village in Dipalpur tehsil of Okara district in Pakistan’s Punjab province. His family belongs to the underprivileged Qasai caste. His father, Mohammad Amir Iman, runs a dahi-puri snack cart. His mother, Noori Tai, is a homemaker." You can read the full article here.

Interestingly the Faridkot in Okara district is the only Faridkot, out of three, about which The Dawn had nothing defensive to say in its article "The misplaced hype about Faridkot" that I referred to in my previous blog posting. So I think it may be time for The Dawn to continue its investigations, taking into account the new revelations (or allegations) appearing in The Hindu. The Dawn is a serious newspaper and if they discover that the hype is not misplaced, it would be appropriate for them to say so.

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