FIA: Federal Investigative Agency or Fool/Funny I Am? Pakistan’s Most Wanted List

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Pakistan’s FIA (much like the FBI, but, as you’ll soon realize, surprisingly less literate) released this list of its 119 Most Wanted terrorist suspects of 2009.  The document includes pictures and descriptions of suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba financiers,  those involved with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and other highly sought suspects, although the word “descriptions” is being used generously here.  They include depictions like the following:

  • “Beard: Light beard, to comb with paste”
  • “Complexion: Thin & Active”

  • “Mustaches: Small arrow style”

  • “Way of Talking: Civilized” Also “Slow”

And perhaps most baffling:

  • “Expletive: If you a re not a fool”

While this will likely give you a good laugh, it should also give you worry as to how effective the FIA must be.  Not everyone has to be a master of English, but this goes far beyong anything getting lost in translation.  Also check out Huma Imtiaz’s post on the matter.


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