- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 8, 2001

From combined dispatches
The Taliban regime has executed a nephew of former mujahideen commander Abdul Haq who was captured and put to death by the Islamic militia last month, family members said yesterday.
On the diplomatic front, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf called for a halt to the bombing of Afghanistan during Ramadan while his government cautioned the Taliban ambassador in Islamabad not to use his embassy for anti-U.S. propaganda.
Izzatullah Khan Sahil, 22, escaped when the Taliban ambushed Abdul Haq on Oct. 26, shortly after the exiled war veteran entered the country from Pakistan to try to rally the southern Pashtun tribes against the Taliban regime.
But his cousin, Mohammed Yousaf, said yesterday that Mr. Sahil had been caught and executed this week. "According to our information, Izzat was later caught by the Taliban and put to death immediately," he said.
Relatives tried to secure the body but the Taliban refused and buried him in the family village of Surkhrood, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, he said.
Mr. Sahil had entered Afghanistan with Abdul Haq on Oct. 21 on a mission to muster support among Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group and the Taliban's main power base, for an alternative multi-ethnic government under the banner of ex-king Mohammed Zahir Shah.
But Mr. Haq's lightly armed group was discovered and surrounded by Taliban troops. U.S. air support failed to help him escape; he was executed near Kabul on Oct. 26.
Another exiled Pashtun tribal leader, former deputy foreign minister Hamid Karzai, also entered southern Afghanistan and narrowly escaped capture last week.
Abdul Haq's brother, Haji Qasim, is believed to be operating in Afghanistan and has thus far evaded capture.
Gen. Musharraf stopped over in Iran and Turkey on his way to New York yesterday and called for a temporary halt to the Western military action in Afghanistan during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins Nov. 17.
"One would certainly wish that the operation does not go on during Ramadan because it will have definite negative effects on the Islamic world," Gen. Musharraf told reporters at Istanbul airport, where he held brief talks with Turkish State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel.
"This is a point I will discuss with President Bush," he added.
Gen. Musharraf is to meet leaders in Paris and London today before flying to New York, where he is scheduled to give a speech at the U.N. General Assembly and speak with Mr. Bush.
Gen. Musharraf's statement in Turkey, a NATO member that maintains a strictly secular state, appeared to be stronger than the position he has taken in his talks with Western leaders.
In the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, the Taliban ambassador the most visible spokesman for the regime has been told to stop using the embassy for propaganda.
In a series of internationally broadcast news conferences at the Afghan Embassy, the Taliban's only diplomatic representation abroad, Abdul Salam Zaeef has accused the United States of "terrorism" and "genocide" in the bombing of Afghanistan. He has held no news conferences since a meeting with Pakistan's Foreign Ministry yesterday.
Qatar's Al Jazeera satellite news channel yesterday broadcast a film clip purporting to show four of fugitive Osama bin Laden's sons rummaging through an abandoned U.S. base in east central Afghanistan.


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