This article written by Umer Ali is published by Deutsche Welle. Here is an excerpt:
Pakistan is a country of euphemisms. You find them everywhere. From male impotence to the country’s most feared intelligence agency — there’s a euphemism for everything considered too “sensitive.”
Quite naturally, the military and its intelligence agencies are among the more “sensitive” entities in Pakistan. They don’t like being named. So, when journalists and members of the public refer to them, they use a range of phrases. The military is “the establishment.” The Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), the leading spy agency, is the “agriculture department,” or simply, “the aliens.” Enforced disappearances are “trips to the northern areas.”
So I was quite surprised when Asad Ali Toor, a Pakistani journalist, quite openly referred to the ISI saying that persons identifying with the intelligence service attacked him at his home last month. He was gagged, tied up, and severely beaten with a pistol butt. He’s the second journalist physically assaulted in the previous two months alone. In April, Absar Alam, a prominent journalist and commentator, was shot just outside his home. Both had criticized the military, especially the ISI, days before the attacks.
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