Sunday, September 17, 2006

Osama in Chitral?

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
—Albert Einstein

There has been speculation in the media that Osama Bin Ladin is hiding in the vicinity of the remote Hindu Kush frontier town of Chitral, Pakistan, in Pakistan's northwest, near Afghanistan. The Chitral News did a survey to see if people in Chitral [map]believe that Osama is in their town:

Osama not in Chitral, believe Chitralis

CHITRAL, 08 Sep, 06: Amidst speculative reports in the international press about the possibility of Osama Bin Laden living somewhere in Chitral, under guise, Chitral News conducted a survey, soliciting the opinion of some fifty odd people from different walks of life, including intellectuals, officials and the man in the street, to find out what was their point of view on this news.

Invariably, everyone dismissed the speculation as rubbish and said it was a ridiculous assumption. A well placed person said that he believed such spam news are let off from time to time to divert the attention of the world from real problems and Chitral being a remote and God forsaken place (at least in winters) , nobody would take the trouble of physically verifying anything said about it.

One bystander said it was barely possible for the locals to survive the harsh winter weather due to lack of basic amenities, how can an Arab and that too an ailing man as reportedly Osama is (was), survive the weather in some remote place here.
Almost every one believed Osama Bin Laden was not alive and the US just wanted to use his name to scare the people, divert attention from its misdoings, and keep the doors ajar for any action it wants to take anywhere, on this pretext.

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