Malik ‘98% sure’ Kashmiri is dead

Published: June 6, 2011
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'All ground intelligence shows that he is dead,' says Interior Minister Rehman Malik. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

'All ground intelligence shows that he is dead,' says Interior Minister Rehman Malik. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Sunday that although he had no physical proof, he was “98 per cent sure” that senior al Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan.

US officials in Washington were sceptical over reports that Kashmiri was dead.

Kashmiri, who was chief of the so-called ‘313 Brigade’ of Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJI) militant group, was killed in a missile strike by a CIA-operated pilot-less aircraft in the Karikot area of South Waziristan on Friday.

A US National Security official said he could not confirm that  he had been killed and another US official said it was doubtful.

“All ground intelligence shows that he is dead. What I can say is there is a 98 per cent chance he is dead,” Malik told Reuters.

“Since we do not have the body, we do not have DNA we need to confirm. This is the substantive evidence we are looking for,” he added.

Separately, speaking to the media in Quetta,  Malik ruled out the existence of the ‘Quetta Shura’ which is said to be operating out of Quetta. Malik said as many as 30 sites were raided on secret information but there was no evidence that the Shura existed. “[Elements] who claim that Quetta Shura exists must provide evidence or information to government,” he said.

The minister also insisted that “foreign hands” were involved in creating the law and order situation in Balochistan.

Asked to explain the deaths of 700 people in incidents of targeted killings and the recovery of 200 bullet-riddled bodies of Baloch missing persons, Malik said that ‘anti-social elements’ were involved in the killings and dumping of the bodies.

He also claimed that as of now, there were only 38 people missing and efforts were being made to trace them.

(WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY SHEHZAD BALOCH IN QUETTA)

Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (29)

  • Talha
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Oh man, this guy is jokes.Recommend

  • Ether hunt
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:07PM

    How did rehman malik calculated 98% surity ? He never fails to amuse meRecommend

  • Chilli
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:19PM

    Why not cent per cent??? the only face we see on TV quite often is Mr. Rehman Malik. He seems to be only man working in Pakistan Pathetic Party.Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:21PM

    I would love to know Rehman Malik quantified this scenario to be “98% sure”.

    The PPP Government of 2008-13 will definitely go down as the worst example of a cobbled up cabinet with some of the worst choices for Ministers in charge of important portfolios.

    Rehman Malik will definitely top the list as the worst Interior Minister of all time with his ridiculous press conferences, statements, conduct, and deflecting many important issues with lame conspiracy b.s. and fabricated lies. How can such a man retain these posts after so much nonsense shows how utterly helpless this government will be.

    Sheer incompetence and genuine panic for a government in power in such a testing time facing Fauji blunders leading to terror everywhere, useless bickering with PML-N, MQM, ANP, PTI and what not, and of course making Pres. Zardari face the brunt of this.

    That being said, I am pretty sure any other party in power would face the same problems and blunders to deal with!Recommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:37PM

    Rambo is always right.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:44PM

    How does Rehman Malik come up with the number 98%?? Its beyond my comprehension!!!! Why not just state that “we are confident of him….” Who are the 2% who think that Kashmiri is still around?? But wait. Maybe its an eastern thing?? Maybe its PPP’s cultural thing???Recommend

  • VoK
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:50PM

    How did this genius calculate this percentage?Recommend

  • MAD
    Jun 5, 2011 - 3:53PM

    Ground intelligence!!!!!! What about Star WarsRecommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 5, 2011 - 4:05PM

    I really like Rehman Malik & his statements. He appears honest unlike Qureshi!Recommend

  • Uncle Buttar
    Jun 5, 2011 - 4:07PM

    Guys, he’s only trying to give credence to the view that Kashmiri might still not be dead :) If you think about it, its a little too good to be true that the Americans ask for the guy one week and he’s dead the next! fishy fishy!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jun 5, 2011 - 4:08PM

    I am 98.99999999999% sure that he is 100% unsure what he is sure about!Recommend

  • indian
    Jun 5, 2011 - 4:18PM

    It is really ironic that all the high value terrorists inside pakistan are killed by americans and pakistanis just confirm it. Is it incompetence of their military/intelligence or they are complicit with them.Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    Jun 5, 2011 - 6:20PM

    Oh my god!!! Looks like all the jokers that god created, end up in Pakistani parliament.

    98%?!!! LOL By the way, is Rehman Malik a math major?Recommend

  • Jun 5, 2011 - 6:20PM

    Ok Mr Rehman Malik , thanks for your input. The Great malik has indeed calculated the probability well….so nice of him to round it off to 98, i was expecting 98.4329 from him, but yeah good riddance nice old informing us always fellow.

    He’s 98% sure because of the intelligence extracted from the ‘millat-e-journalism’ journalist Late Syed Saleem Shehzad (May ALLAH have mercy on him) . That 2% made him loose his life. Recommend

  • tungalahore
    Jun 5, 2011 - 8:22PM

    i am 74.698 percent sure he is dead!!!Recommend

  • san
    Jun 5, 2011 - 8:27PM

    According to RM still 2% chances that he is alive..send another drone to finish 2% chances..Recommend

  • Salah Baloch
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:27PM

    what about the 2% left !! What does it mean ??Recommend

  • AAC
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:34PM

    Sadiq hoon apnay qaul ka Ghalib, Khuda gawah.
    Kehta hoon such, ke jhoot ki aadat nahin mujhay.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Malik is a mathemetical genius who is capable of assigning probabilictic percentages to everything in life.Recommend

  • Fortune Cookie
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:03AM

    The 2% left is all that is required for hime to be alive.Recommend

  • let there be peace
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:45AM

    2% chance he is in ISI safe house?Recommend

  • falak
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:59AM

    just look at his face, only 2% will tell you the complete story!Recommend

  • 10th
    Jun 6, 2011 - 3:43AM

    @Salah Baloch:

    It means he’s the most useless person I knowRecommend

  • Tahir
    Jun 6, 2011 - 5:17AM

    Why make idiotic, off-the-cuff statements? Can’t he simply say to the best of our information this man is dead. Must he quantify it with such precision? And what is that precision based upon? Recommend

  • sars
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:20PM

    Like most of us Mr Malik never actually knows anything.
    Its rhetoric and bluffing that gets us thru everything.Including exams, which is why even when have degrees coming out of our behinds we still never actually know much.Recommend

  • Amin
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:46PM

    MR.Zulfiqar mirza deserves the seat of interior minister instead of Rehman Malik .PPP don’t want to see sincere people sitting in the govt.The bomb blast rate decreased in Karachi during Zulfiqar mirza tenure , the security was much better.Ab to haftay main do bomb blast hotay hain.Recommend

  • mobi
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:55PM

    i think he applied the cgpa conversation to % conversion. damn he is good in calculationsRecommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 6, 2011 - 4:04PM

    For people to buy the theory that the Army gave intelligence about Kashmiri to the US forces that fired Hellfire missiles from drones and took him out, would be very naive. Kashmiri is a former SSG commando who has collaborated with ISI on many projects. The best way to confirm the effects of any drone strike would be for the Army to fly in commandos in helicopters after a strike and seal and sanitize the area. That way who died and who escaped will be clear. How can the Taliban be allowed to go in later and clean up the area ? May be the current modus operandi suits all fine. Taliban can claim civilians died, Americans can claim terrorists died and Army can continue with its ambiguous and ill fated strategies. The continuation of double games from all sides means more Pakistani lives will be sacrificed as collateral damage to dubious policies. Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 7, 2011 - 3:28PM

    and i am 98% certain he has no clue what he is talking aboutRecommend

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