Friday, March 02, 2007

When Dick Cheney Talks, Pakistan Listens :: The Blotter

The Blotter

Pakistan intelligence sources say a second high-ranking Taliban leader has been taken into custody, as the country appeared to be responding to Vice President Dick Cheney’s showdown meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistani officials told ABC News the new arrest also took place in Quetta, where on Monday, the former Taliban defense minister was arrested just hours after Cheney had left the country.

Pakistani officials identified him as Amir Khan Haqqani, a Taliban commander for Zabul province.

“Isn’t it amazing how quickly they were able to find these men?” scoffed one intelligence source familiar with the Cheney meeting.

Pakistani officials say both men were arrested at the same Quetta hotel based on information provided by the United States.

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