Fazlullah dossier shared with Afghanistan, ISAF: Foreign Office

Published: October 25, 2012

Afghan authorities had said Islamabad had not shared any intelligence regarding Fazlullah's presence in their country.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has shared a dossier with Afghanistan and ISAF on the issue of Maulana Fazalullah’s alleged involvement in the attack on Malala Yousafzai and two other girls, Foreign Office Spokesman Moazzam Ahmed Khan said Thursday.

Khan made this statement during his weekly briefing in Islamabad at the Foreign Office.

Earlier, Pakistan had 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.

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.”

Afghan authorities had said that Islamabad has not shared with them any intelligence regarding the presence of fugitive Pakistani Taliban, including the notorious Mullah Fazlullah, in eastern Afghanistan.

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.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Neo
    Oct 25, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Funny thing is Fazlullahs spokesperson has admitted they’re in Afghanistan and so have Afghan officials in private. Afghan denial is such a blatant lie, just like India saying they don’t send spies to other countries. If they’re trying to play a double game with Pakistan at least don’t make it so obvious.

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  • vasan
    Oct 25, 2012 - 5:25PM

    I think Pak, just to get rid of Indian dossiers, must have handed over the Indian dossier to Afganistan. Now Pak can claim that they dont have any evidence given by India.

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  • Oct 25, 2012 - 5:44PM

    I was just commenting in another section of how Pakistan, like India after Mumbai attacks, should send dossiers of evidence.

    If Afghanistan rejects them as mere evidence, then the circle would be complete. Pakistan’s years of denial and outright ignorance of Terrorism against India has produced a scenario where Pakistan is now the victim.

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  • Nand
    Oct 25, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Afghan and ISAF’s response: They have sent us useless literature dossier.

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  • bangash
    Oct 25, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Now just like protesting over drone strikes, this will become the new mantra at FO briefings, meanwhile Fazlullah will operate without a problem.

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  • S
    Oct 25, 2012 - 6:38PM

    @Neo totally agree!

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  • Cautious
    Oct 25, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Rubbish. Once again Pakistan misses the obvious. If this guy is in Afghanistan he’s hiding out and the Afghan govt has little ability to find/catch him. Unlike Pakistan – Afghanistan doesn’t use militants as strategic assets and doesn’t provide sanctuary to terrorist.

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  • Khan of Jandul
    Oct 25, 2012 - 8:17PM

    In my opinion, The use of extremism as policy option is an erroneous approach towards resolving outstanding political issues. Afghanistan is a victim of this policy and know how destructive it is. So blaming Afghanistan for harboring radicals does not appear just. The areas where Mullah Fazlullah is alleged to be present are out of the control of both countries-Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghan and Nato forces withdrew from the provinces of Nuristan and Kunar some two years back. Similarly, the far-flung and mountainous areas of Jandul, Dir, Chetral and Bajaur, are out of reach for the Pak Military. Pakistan is aware of this fact, but despite this, it is asking the Afghan gov to handover this gentleman.The question is why? and why at this stage?

    TTP has claimed responsibility for the attack. Many leaders of TTP are residing in Pakistan. If Pakistan is honest about arresting them and bringing them to justice , what is stopping her. However the real motive for demand of Fazlullah seem to deflect pressure- both domestic and international for operation against Pakistan based elements and keep immune her strategic assets for future use in Kabul. This will not work. The countries of the region needs to act in mature way. They should honestly cooperate with each other. Killing of the people is no solution, whether these killing occur in Kabul, Peshawar, Karachi or Islamabad. We need to put an end to this ongoing bloodshed. The areas along the Durand Line (Kunar, Nuristan, Jandul, Dir, Chitral and Bajaur have their own unique history and must be taken into account when we deal with the problems associated with these areas. Jandul, Dir, Chitral and Swat were separate states totally autonomous in their rule.Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)
    Oct 26, 2012 - 12:27AM

    Fazlullah a tool in the hands of the US, It is now beyond doubt that the ISAF is providing safe Haven’s to the Terrorists for carrying out Terrorists Attacks to destabilize Pakistan for their ulterior motives. The Media should highlight this aspect,Recommend

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