At a sorting out center in Mazar-i-Sharif on Saturday night, a surrendered Arab militant blasted himself with a grenade, killing also two prisoners of war standing nearby. A field commander of the Northern Alliance and British journalist Andrea Catherwood of the ITN television station got wounds. A fragment hit her in the shoulder. According to media reports, approximately 600 foreign militants, mostly Arabs, Chechens and Pakistanis who defended Kunduz together with Taliban, surrendered to representatives of General Abdul Rashid Dostum. He promised them life and treatment according to the Shariat.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.