There is new word that Mullah Omar, once head of the Taliban, has been seen hiding in Pakistan.
The Afghan intelligence service says that Omar is living near Quetta, Pakistan, with the assistance of the ISI, the Pakistani Intelligence Service.
This is not surprising. The complexities of who is doing what to whom in Pakistan boggle the mind. Consider the same week Pakistani troops were moving against Taliban members in heavy fighting.
I tried to see Mullah Omar for an interview in October of 2001, soon after the 9/11 attacks and just a few days before the US began heavy bombing of Afghanistan, which, of course, toppled the Taliban. I was in Islamabad and had been given Omar’s cell phone number by a mutual friend. I did go up to Peshawar preparative to going across the border but my timing was bad and it was impossible to cross and too dangerous if I had succeeded.