Taliban’s Baradar, in His Own Words
Newsweek has intelligently re-posted the transcript of an interview Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar — the captured Taliban leader — granted the magazine late last year. A lot of what he says is boilerplate propaganda, but in light of U.S. and Pakistani intelligence reportedly collaborating on his capture, this bit takes on some salience:
**What about reports that Pakistani intelligence is advising you not to enter into peace talks at this time?
**The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is independent and sovereign in its decisions and agreements. It is not taking any dictation from any group or government.
**Do you fear that Pakistan would stop you from using its soil?
**They have not given us permission to use their land even now.
Always correct or just prematurely correct?