They took back the town of Karasu and the rebel Bakhtiyor Rakhimov quite easily. Karimov's Special Forces did. This dream-land of djinns and paries [Samarkand o Bukhura o Farghana and, in particular, Afrasiab are home grounds in those dastans] is now a repressed dictatorship where civilians can be killed for being "Islamists".
That bounding Freedom, again.
Bakhtiyor Rakhimov, at first glance, seems like a man from one of those dastans - an Umro Ayyar, if you will. Flanked by his "former wrestling champion" friend, he shared his views:
The sister's account of his arrest puts a sadder face to this upstart hero of the people. Why is he daring to stand-up to a brutal dictatorship with a handful of starched and parched followers? Where does he get these ideas of paradise that he speaks of? I really don't know. Maybe one of the djinns has him in thrall. Maybe he knows something about freedom we don't. Maybe he just wants to be heard. They say he helped build the foot-bridge across the border that was later torn down. The bridge was good for business and he is a business man, this local hero of ours. Like Umro Ayyar.
But, there is no space for such odd heroes in our world now, is there? I hope him and his nephew come out safe and alive. I hope that he can hang out, once again, with his ex-wrestler friend and eat some chunks of raw sugar. I could hope for a lot more. But, I will be thankful just for that.