Taliban commander's radio show makes a comeback

Maulvi Faqir Mohammed is back on the air after the army had successfully driven him across the border in Afghanistan.

Express July 07, 2011

KHAR: One of Taliban’s most notorious radio broadcasters,  Maulvi Faqir Mohammed is reportedly back on the air after the army had successfully driven him across the border in Afghanistan, last year, according to an AP report.

Mohammed also happens to be a top Pakistani Taliban commander and his return reinforces the militant’s resolve on destabilizing the US-allied Pakistani government.

“We will return and enforce the golden system of Islam. All of those who have turned their backs on us, like we are gone for good, should seek forgiveness from Allah.” Mohammed said in a recent radio broadcast from his new base in Afghanistan.

Radio has been one of the most popular mediums for the Taliban to preach their agenda since it is cheap and easily transportable.

Prior to fleeing to Kunar in Afghanistan, Mohammed was one of the most prominent militant radio personalities in Bajaur, 200 kilometers northwest of Islamabad, AP reported.

Kunar is gradually becoming a militant stronghold since its one of those areas from where the US has pulled out most of its troops.

Mohammed and his associates transmit a two and a half hours show every day beginning at 8 p.m., by the name of Voice of Sharia. He aslo gives half-hour sermons three times per week in which he encourages locals to participate in jihad, or holy war, and warns them against cooperating with Pakistani authorities.


AK | 11 years ago | Reply

Yet again, drone attack seems justified here. Drone them hard.

Ricky | 11 years ago | Reply Now get ready for another Swat!
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