Million-dollar question: Who financed the militancy in Swat?

Published: January 8, 2011
Since the end of the operation, forces have uncovered arms in large quantities.

Since the end of the operation, forces have uncovered arms in large quantities.

SWAT: Security forces are pondering on a set of questions but mainly: who were the actual backers of local militants, because they are finding cache upon cache of lethal weapons since the day the military operation ended in Swat Valley.

Uncovering of arms and ammunition in such a large quantity is prompting the local people to wonder how the militants were able to acquire and move weapons into the valley, who provided them and who was financing them.

Amjad Ali, a local columnist, told The Express Tribune, “The real question – asked here and abroad – is regarding the militants’ finances. Everyone knows that any kind of conflict affects local economy.

If this is true, then how were these rag-tag militant groups able to afford such sophisticated weapons, which enabled them to take on the country’s regular, well-equipped army, which is rated the seventh largest in the world.” Fazal Rabi Rahi, a local editor and analyst told The Express Tribune, “Swat is a settled area which is not very densely populated and (because of this it) can be easily monitored. This was why security forces were able to seal off all important entry and exit points of the valley,” adding: “And this is also why the presence of modern weapons in such large quantity is worrisome.”

The source of financial backing for terrorists operations in Swat also remains an enigma. Sources, which people speculate may have contributed include: criminal activities such as kidnappings and killing for ransom, small and large robberies, selling emeralds, smuggling and illegal cutting of timber and donations.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

    Jan 8, 2011 - 10:45AM

    Same Country that Trained MUKTI BAHNI. TAMIL TIGERS, is the one who is training Baluchistan Libration Front and financed the SWAT insugency. This is not arocet science. It is time they must be taken to the UNO. Recommend

  • Rahman
    Jan 8, 2011 - 2:28PM

    everyone knows but no one knowsRecommend

  • Amjad Ali Sahaab
    Jan 8, 2011 - 5:15PM

    Everyone knows who create them. The story in question is very old. When they were fighting against Russia they were heroes and now…Recommend

  • Maria
    Jan 8, 2011 - 5:51PM

    It has been proven that most of the troubles in Pakistan vis a vis terrorism come from our neighbours. Unfortunately, India and Afghanistan have never been sincere in wanting regional peace. Rather than try to sincerely forge peace in Kashmir, they try to destablize Pakistan at every turn. Whereas India has a good job of painting Pakistan as the sponsor of terrorism, Pakistan has failed to show the world that in fact India is funding the terrorism in Pakistan. This is the job of the Foreign Office and it must show the evidence of Indian weapons and agents who are repeatedly exposed behind the terrorism in many parts of the nation.Recommend

  • Yousuf Ali
    Jan 8, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Any idea if Saudi Arabian and UAE folks?

    Let me just throw it out there…..that can be a posibilityRecommend

  • Gulalai
    Jan 9, 2011 - 2:32AM

    definitely both the countries lavishly sponsor terrorism in PakistanRecommend

  • Akbar
    Jan 9, 2011 - 8:41PM


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  • Rahim
    Jan 16, 2011 - 6:17PM

    everyone knows it but all of us are timid to discloseRecommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jan 18, 2011 - 9:27AM

    But just because I have money does that mean i can buy sophisticated weapons? Pakistan should shut down all private weapons factories and stop all legal and illegal import of any kind of weapon or parts. If you cannot buy any weapons then lets see what these terrorists do with the cash. Recommend

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