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Pakistani Intelligence and Edwardes College

03 January 2014


From the Revd Dr David L. Gosling

Sir, - I disagree with the suggestion in your news item "Police 'harass' college principal" (News, 20/27 December), relating to Edwardes College, Peshawar, that the events described are connected with the current oppressive situation of the Christian community in Pakistan.

They are much more likely to reflect unease about administrative problems within the college, coupled with hostility towards anyone associated with a country that has effectively declared war on Pakistan by sending unmanned drones into its borderlands with Afghanistan.

There is no mystery about the identity of the college's unwelcome visitors, mentioned in your article: they were representatives of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), an arm of Pakistan's powerful military, which has the right to approve or reject foreigners' visas.

When I was college principal, my own ISI minder offered helpful advice about my security, and still keeps in touch occasionally by email.

Former Principal of Edwardes College, Peshawar
2 St Luke's Mews, Searle Street
Cambridge CB4 3DF

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