Pakistan wants Afghanistan to hand over Maulana Fazlullah

Published: October 21, 2012

Pakistan claims Fazlullah is hiding in Afghanistan and planned almost 15 major attacks in Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has requested Afghanistan to hand over Maulana Fazlullah, claiming that he was involved in planning major attacks in Pakistan from across the border, including the attack on peace activist Malala Yousufzai, Express News reported Sunday night.

According to Foreign Ministry sources, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar made this demand during her meeting with Afghanistan-Pakistan special envoy Marc Grossman, who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday for talks with political and military leaders on “issues of bilateral and mutual concern.”

Sources added that Fazlullah has been involved in planning 15 major attacks in Pakistan, from Afghanistan, including attacks on security check posts and villages which have claimed almost 200 lives.

Maulana Fazlullah, also nicknamed “Mullah Radio” is the leader of banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM).

Known for his fiery radio broadcasts in Swat Valley, he is also sometimes referred to as chief of the Swat Taliban.

Earlier, it was reported that Fazlullah had sent a hit squad, comprising of two members, to kill 14-year-old Malala for being a proponent of girls’ education in the valley and speaking against the Taliban.

Reader Comments (57)

  • stenson
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Not only should Afghanistan hand over Fazlullah, they should hand over all the other criminals they have been harbouring. Enough is enough. Afghanistan has long been an Indian lackey and allowed its land to be used as a staging point for attacks on Pakistani civilians. All Afghani refugees in Pakistan should be deported back to Afghanistan and a big wall or fence should be erected along the Pakistan – Afghanistan border to prevent the movement of criminals across this border.

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  • Jim
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Good. Pakistan can also hand over Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim and other assorted terrorist roaming free. India should also hand over any terrorists who are not being prosecuted in its own justice system and are roaming free.

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  • ADEEL
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:08PM

    Yes indeed…
    This pathetic radio maulvi shud be hanged once got hold off, for killing innocents and giving a bad name to islam

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  • Ali
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:09PM

    So we want him in Pakistan so that our courts can release him due to lack of evidence?

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  • Iqbal
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:11PM

    That is a little rich coming from Pakistan. India and USA have also asked Pakistan to hand over Hafiz Saeed to them but alas they seem to be claiming that he is innocent.
    It will not be long before he will be removed by force.

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  • BlackJack
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:12PM

    Pakistan needs to share a dossier with Afghanistan with actual proof of the Maulana’s complicity and it should be admissible in an Afghan court – radio broadcasts will clearly not be enough. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, let’s see if it pinches or not.

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  • AFG
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:17PM

    Sure, no problem, you give us Mullah Muhammad Omar, Haqqanis and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and we’ll give you Mullah Radio.

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  • Rowdy R
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:17PM

    How this request by GoP to Afghanistan is different than Indian request to GoP for another Mullah that Afghanistan will accept it without EVIDENCE?

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  • DarKnight
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:27PM

    What if Afghanistan says exactly the same thing that Pakistan has been saying to India whenever India ask to hand over Hafiz Saeed……. ?

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  • IceSoul
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:31PM

    Are Pakistani politicians mentally unstable? The Afghan government’s control doesn’t extend over more than the 10% of the country; how are they supposed to arrest Fazlullah and extradite him to Pakistan? Just like Pakistan can’t capture Haqqani group leaders even if it wanted to.

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  • Come on
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:33PM

    What about the Haqqani groups attacks on Afghanistan??? These all attacks are made in Pakistan. LOOOOL. Grow Up Khar. This is high time to stop playing the cat and mouse game.

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  • Parvez
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:48PM

    If we got hold of him, we’d let him go…………… again.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:51PM

    US drones out any possible target in Pakistan if it cites a small possibility of a terrorist. But, many such people are hiding in the US controlled regions, and they are damaging Pakistan badly. What about this contradiction?

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  • Muzaffar
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:55PM

    US-NATO-Afghanistan needs to do more

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  • PS
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:58PM

    And pray what will we do with him if he is handed over to Pakistan? Invite him as a guest speaker in the next Difa e Pakistan rally? Shower him with rosé petals like we did on Mumtaz Qadri? Or, bow down in allegiance before him and his Nizam e Adl? Our track record so far in dealing with criminals hasn’t been actually very encouraging.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:05PM

    How can Pakistan ask for assistance from Afghanistan to hand over Fazlullah when it is allowing the Afghan Taleban to freely use its own territory in NW to mount attacks in Afghanistan ?? It is pertinent to point out that Pakistan should first fulfill its international obligations of non-interference and peaceful co-existence towards its neighbours and only then it will receive cooperation from them otherwise it would continue to suffer immensely for following self-destructive policies.

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  • Raj Kafir
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:06PM

    India wants Pakistan to hand over Hafiz Saeed ( or whatever this terrorist name is ) for a long time.

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  • sabi
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Now if Afghanistan replies the same way Pakistan replies to India for handing over of wanted crimminals residing in Pakistan!

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  • Aryabhat
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Afghanistan wants Pakistan to hand over Haqqanis! India wants Pakistan to hand over Mr H Saeed. However, at that time Pakistan talks of “insufficient” evidence!

    How about Pakistan producing some evidence about involvlemt of Radio Mullah which is good enough to stand in court of Afghanistan?

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  • ali jan alibeik
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:16PM

    Mula fazlullah for mullah omar. Deal or no deal?

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  • SomeoneFromSomewhere
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:24PM

    He looks terrifying…..one of those ppl you will never send your child near!!

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  • butt
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Afghan should swap him for Ayman al-Zawahiri.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:37PM

    If madam FM is serious about her request why not go a step further and sign extradition treaty with Afghanistan, India, Iran and China? Why not trade Mullah Omar for Maulana Fazlullah?

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  • Cautious
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:46PM

    The confusing World of Pakistan militants — like an alphabet soup with AK’s. There have been many articles indicating that the TTP accepted responsibility for this attack – now we get an article which seems to imply that the TNSM is responsible and somehow your holding Afghanistan responsible for his actions. Classic Pakistan.

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  • Majid
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:52PM

    The awkward moment when Express Tribune uses ‘Maulana’ for Fazlullah!

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  • lovePak
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:11AM

    The real criminals in India are the ones sitting at the parliament, and the security forces. Go ask a Kashmiri, and he’ll agree to that. It’s odd really that even when Pakistan does what is right, they’re criticized for something else. Learn to appreciate it, this is what the international community wants, punishment for the assassin. Now you’re getting it, stop crying! Negative news and an utter disregard of positivity about Pakistan is the reason ET attracts more Indians to their site than Pakistanis.

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  • AA
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:18AM

    Despite the NATO and American forces being there, Afghanistan is still the hotbed of terrorism. They surely need to do more.

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  • san
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:33AM

    Dont bring him home. Just use air force and launch operation in neighboring provinces of Afghanistan. It will solve our and US headache.

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  • Foolitics
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:41AM

    Afghanistan will say “Give me the proof”. Then when proof is given , it will say “this is no proof at all”. They learnt this trick from Pakistan.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Everyone always ask Pakistan to hand over this, do this, Now our turn so all ya chill and you can always reply in same manner as us, we wont mind kyunke humara dil bara hai :p

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  • khalid Khan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:58AM

    @Raj Kafir:
    Don’t get too exited, coward Indians don’t qualify as kafirs.

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  • Analyzer
    Oct 22, 2012 - 1:48AM

    Do more Afghanistan!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 22, 2012 - 1:57AM

    In Afghanistan too, there are many areas where security forces cannot go, therefore we need good Taliban to do us a favour to help capture these monsters. Those folks who believe Afghan Taliban are different from Pakistani Taliban, should voice together with this demand.

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:03AM

    The British government ruled different parts of British India differently. There was no homogeneity so far as the (british) government’s writ was concerned. Their governance and policies of the time ensured the indians subjugation as a whole without any loss of their (the rulers) men. However, they put aside the areas where they feared the loss of their soldiers. Thus FATA was created in the ersrtwhile NWFP where feared warlords, jingoist tribal chieftains and warrior tribes such as Mehsuds, Waziris, Afridis etc . etc. were beyond the government’s writ. More or less a similar strategy was adopted in India’s Noth East Frontier Agency (NEFA) where Ngas, Mizos, Bodos etc. tribes inhabited. It is said when you have to bend the iron, hit lit when it is hot. The FATA and six agencies should have been brought within the fold of the newly created country immediately after the birth of pakistan. However, the earlier rulers of pakistan who were pre-occupied with a host of problems cropped up after the creation of pakistan, couldn’t give attention towards this issue. But why the subsequent governments couldn’t do this even after the promulgation of first constitutuion in 1956?
    Mullah Fazlullah and his types are the worst enemies of pakistan. The genie of terrorism has come out of the bottle. How we can send him back into the bottle? Pakistan, India and now Afghanistan are all nourishing the genie for their own ends The time has come now for these three countries to sit together and devise a policy to crush this menace threatening the security of the three countries. As a first step, pakistan should see to it that no non-state elements should have official support to cross indian border for what india says ‘terrorist’ activities. Similarly, India should also reciprocate and pull its hands off in Balochistan. Both the countries are nuclear states and any act of terrorism on either side
    can flare up the situation, the consequences of which borth the rulers should realize.

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  • imran bhatt
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:12AM

    Had they been serious of getting Pakistan rid of violence and terrorism, they would have apprehended him when they entered in Swat in the first place. This demand is just scoring few brownies vis a vis Afghanistan.

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  • Afghanistan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:12AM

    In my opinion its a new trick of pakistan to withdraw the attention of international community from Haqani network, kweta shura, peshawar shura and all those militants group who have sactuaries in pakistan and there is conspiracy theory that this mulla radio was sent by establishment to malighn afghanistan to give up demand for Afghan taliban who live in pakistan. Still its not proven whether mulla fazlullah is in afghanistan or not but its proven that mulla brother( who wanted to start negociation with Afghan government) is in Pakistan’s prison and Afghanistan demanded many times to release him but no attention was given to that demand.This dirty game of blaming each other is no longer going to work and there is need for regional solution and all player should start work for peace because this fire is spreading to all.

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  • sabi
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:18AM

    Let us apply barter trade methodology here.(mal ke badly mal)

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  • abdul karim KHAN
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:42AM

    @Jim:
    HOW ABOUT MODI TO PAKISTAN????????????????????

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  • abdul karim KHAN
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:46AM

    PAKISTAN DID THE BIG MISTACK TO HELP AFGANISTAN TO FIGHT OVER USSR.WE SHOULD LEAVE THEM ALONE.NOW ALL AFGANI IN PAKISTAN.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:07AM

    WOW, the Afghan (Pakistani) foreign minister should reply that there is no evidence that Maulana Fazlullah (Osama bin Laden) is residing anywhere inside Afghanistan (Pakistan)!

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  • Umer
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:21AM

    @stenson:

    Not only should Afghanistan hand over Fazlullah, they should hand over all the other criminals they have been harbouring.

    Fazlullah as well as Taliban were made by Pakistan establishment. Pakistan needs to apologise to and possibly compensate everyone who has been hurt by both of its creations. How can Afghanistan hand over Fazlullah with much less resources than Pakistan when Pakistan could not hand over Osama bin Laden?

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  • Umer
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:27AM

    Pakistan wants Afghanistan to hand over Maulana Fazlullah

    Perhaps Fazlullah, the creation of Pakistani establishment, is in Afghanistan just like Osama bin Laden was in Afghanistan too. Wink Wink.

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  • Umer
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:30AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    we need good Taliban to do us a favour to help capture these monsters.

    Why don’t we bring the “good” Taliban if they really exist to Raiwand and get them to implement Sharia system there first? Then we’ll know how good they really are. Surely those who really believe in the “good” taliban should not have any problem taking up this offer.

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  • tariq
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:30AM

    BUT 60% OF AFGANISTAN IS UNDER AFGAN TALIBAN SO THEY ARE REQUESTING TO THEM??..

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  • random
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:40AM

    So everyone comes here with their preconceived notions the most surprising are americans who are now complaining now that the militant is on their side of the fence.. Hey why dont you drone the one…

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  • Pro Truth
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:49AM

    The terrorists who kill Pakistanis only, Hakeem Ullah and Fazlullah both are now sponsored and supported terrorists living inside Afghanistan! Pakistan should have wiped them out as they were assets for foreign agencies, when they had the chance.

    I am sure they will not hand them over such elements without favour in re turn! So Pakistan has to make a deal here or take them out through overt or covert operation!

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  • Khan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 6:22AM

    pakistan shud also hand over jamate islami and other pro talibans parties

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  • gp65
    Oct 22, 2012 - 6:44AM

    ‘Maulana’ Fazlullah?

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Oct 22, 2012 - 7:15AM

    This is a joke. Radio Mullah is in Pakistan, not Afghanistan.

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  • Karma
    Oct 22, 2012 - 7:33AM

    Wonder if Afghanistan will Turn around and ask Pakistan for ‘concrete evidence’ against the mulla, and then laugh at the evidence provided!!

    Hope Pakistan realises terrorism isn’t a game that it can play and win. It needs to fight it in all it’s manifestations, otherwise like cancer, it will spread.

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  • Asok
    Oct 22, 2012 - 8:40AM

    Considering that he is not under the custody of the Afghanistan government, nor are they in a position to apprehend him, this is nothing more than grandstanding.

    I am sure Afghanistan will welcome any help Pakistan can provide leading to the capture of this terrorist leader.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 22, 2012 - 9:10AM

    To ask Afghanistan for help is nothing but a political gimmick as Afghanistan has no control along its border areas with Pakistan where Fazlullah is reported to be hiding, a fact well known to Islamabad. Therefore, this political exercise is only meant to counter US and Karzai’s charges as both have been repeatedly asking Pakistan to stop Afghan Talebans using its territory in NW against Afghanistan.

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  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Don’t worry CJ will release him as he did with others..it will be a futile attempt.

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  • reality
    Oct 22, 2012 - 10:39AM

    @abdul karim KHAN:

    Oh yes, you can’t even score one for Pakistan against India. I would of loved to see what you would of done against an advancing Red Army. Thank God and kiss the feet of every Pashtoon Warrior you see. After Kandahar, going to the sea would of been like butter.

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  • reality
    Oct 22, 2012 - 10:40AM

    So Malala is Afghanistan’s fault now? I thought the TTP was responsible? Even if it wasn’t, is Pakistan pretending it isn’t an all expense paid destination for terrorists?

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  • Asad
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:49PM

    @stenson:
    What a joke from you to build a great wall on mountain if this can happen how can you stop them from in natural mountain underground tunnels .Recommend

  • Jim
    Oct 22, 2012 - 11:43PM

    @lovePak Is it possible that lot of Indians visit ET site because it has a relatively fair, progressive, liberal, modernist stance and is not afraid of publishing diverse views unlike most other media publish doctored history which makes people like you blind in your love for Pakistan?

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