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450 Pak army regulars evacuated from Kunduz
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
At least 450 Pakistani army regulars have been evacuated from Kunduz in Afghanistan in past few days and flown back home with the active connivance of the USA, well-placed sources said here today.

This shows the double game being played by the Americans who are protecting the interests of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf while simultaneously reining in their tactical comrade-in-arms, the Northern Alliance.

The evacuated Pakistani troops included two Brigadiers, two Colonels, 11 Majors and a number of Captains and Lieutenants besides juniors, the sources said.

The evacuation operation was conducted by unmarked helicopters during nights and Northern Alliance leaders were told by the USA to ensure that the landing choppers were not attacked.

Those Pak army regulars who could not make it to the evacuating helicopters for some reasons later revolted in the Kunduz prison where they were kept with other foreign terrorists.

The revolt soon snowballed and assumed dangerous proportions necessitating aerial attacks from the American fighter bombers.

Americans connived as they did not want to create any embarrassment for General Musharraf who is already shaken by criticism from fundamentalist elements.Back

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