PESHAWAR: Pakistani leaders approach us when their relations sour with the US and later forget their promises, a close adviser to Afghanistan-based Taliban leader Maulvi Fazlullah has said.
“Pakistani rulers always approach us through some people whenever their relations with the US become unfriendly and make appeals to us to help them in restoration of peace in the country,” Sirajuddin Ahmad said in written answers to questions submitted by Reuters.
“But they forget their promises and become more harsh and cruel when their relations are restored. We know these tricks of the Pakistani rulers and do not trust their promises,” he said.
Fazlullah, a leading figure in the Pakistani Taliban insurgency, has vowed to return to Pakistan to wage war as the country came under renewed American pressure to tackle militancy.
“We sacrificed our lives, left our homes and villages for the sake of Sharia and will do whatever we can to get Sharia implemented in the Malakand region and the rest of Pakistan,” Ahmad said, describing Fazlullah’s position.
Fazlullah was the Pakistani Taliban leader in Swat Valley, before a 2009 army offensive forced him to flee. Also known as FM Mullah for his fiery radio broadcasts, he regrouped in Afghanistan and established strongholds, and poses a threat to Pakistan once again, said army spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas.
Pakistan recently complained that Afghan and US-led forces had failed to hunt down Fazlullah who was responsible for a spate of cross-border raids. On the other hand, Afghanistan and the United States have accused elements in the Pakistan government of supporting members of the Afghan Taliban.
The attacks in which militants loyal to Fazlullah took part killed about 100 members of Pakistan’s security forces. Fazlullah is based in Kunar and Nuristan provinces in Afghanistan, said Abbas.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2011.
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Waiting for you, come this time, we would teach you a leasson
oh, Thank God for the LOC!
@Faizi: What has stopped you people from kicking these people for the past 15 years. What are you waiting for?
@swati: I wish we could ever put our house in order so as not to allow any illiterate, extremist, corrupt both financially and morally people to subjugate & rule over us. The prosperous time for our state is not far off, provided we strike balance between rewards & punishments. Lets be moderate , lets be religious while remaining within certain confines, boundaries & parameters. Lets start believing in "Live & let others live", or the principles of "Mutual co-existence".
@Ozymandias: I think Americans have been so impressed by our strategy of proxies that at least they aren't willing to kill him right away to give us ataste of our own pudding. They must be remembering the time when they hit Baitullah Mehsud without much bargain.
@Hasan Mehmood: I agree with you100%
Want to establish Sharia? First banish the words "Mulla", "Mullah", Maulvi" and Maulana, these titles do not belong in Islam. This is a "Bidaa". These titles only exist in sub-continent Take away these titles, and these people will be nothing. The only title used in Islamic world is "Imam" or "Sheikh", which is also used for old or aged person. People, who kill their own, should not even be consider muslims. These, talibans have blood of their own brothers, sisters, and sons and daughters on their hand. They need to be dismantle and destroyed.
Its the appropriate time for Pakistan army to co-operate with US and NATO forces and employ the counter-insurgency tactics of hammer and anvil against TTP and eliminate this deadly outfit who has killed thousands of innocent civilians and security personnel. Time is running out for Pakistan and it has to act decisively now otherwise Talebanisation of the whole state is round the corner.
@M.Akthar: Forget about the nation. Please implement the Sharia (as demanded by Mulla Fazlullah) in your own family as no one is stopping you. You may then proudly come back on this forum and convince others. As they say "Proof of the pudding lies in eating".
Hate the people who write novels in the comment section
How about Pakistan issues a strict warning to Afghanistan to make sure this now Afghanistan-based terrorist is not allowed to to mischief in Pakistan?
Oh! My God. Another Indian using the term "Jehad" alongside "Terrorism". Let me teach you a little bit about its linguistic meaning. Jehad Means Effort (Continuous Tireless Effort). And Jehad for the sake of Allah is to continuously align to the right way of living. And what is the right way of living; well the best book for that is the Holy Quran; but if you are a bit radical and hate Islam then consult "Veda". I bet you would not have read that also.
Most of us use religion as a tool for our personal outfit and leaves behind the true spirit of the teachings of our prophets. Jehad is mostly taken and used by us in contextual meanings. When Khwaja Moeen ud Din Chishti left his homeland and setlled in India, it was not for his personal gains. It was a Jihad against a powerful opressor who ruled with cruelty and injustice. Without using any force he brought peace and happiness to the lives of the people. In the same manner when India was plagued by injustice, racism, and false religious practices, the Muslims of that time were chosen to change the fate of the people. That was Jihad. Jihad means to abide by and stick to the right path. Now what are the Americans doing carpet bombing and killing people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now in Libiya. What would you name them; i think if Jihad is meant to be only using force than America is the biggest Jehadi.
Now about this Fazlullah, he was supported by the Indian agencies from across Afghanistan, and for that several evidemces are available. People Like Fazlullah are for sale. They work for the highest bidder. Pakistani Taliban are being heavily paid by the external agencies for creating chaos inside Pakistan. Peshawar has seen over three hundred bomb blasts in the recent past. Again Fazlullah is using Islam as a Mock up for his dirty work. People working with Fazlullah are ignorant, naive, and misguided. As Mr. Khan said only Justice can bring the situation to control. Give these people what rightfuly they deserve and they will not fall into the hands of Fazlullah or Bal Takrey.
Does he qualify for the 'Give peace a chance' scheme?
Yea this coward who ran like a rat to his masters when he was about to be killed. He speaks the language of his masters (US+Israel) and they use such puppets to fight their was.
@John B: India is supporting them in Afghanistan with money and weapons against Pakistan.
@Mirza: My dear indian they have never been our strategic assets. These people were formed by CIA against Russia and now India is supporting TTP.
@Char Latan: Who cares about this threat?? Fist full people can't do anything against Pakistan. We Pakistani's are not scaredfrom the Indian Suported Terrorists groups against Pakistan in Afghanistan.
How do you respond to all the attacks these people have carried out in the past?
The answer is simple...each time the American gun at the Pakistani establishment's head is cocked...the Taliban gun which is also at the Pakistani establishment's head is cocked too. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Tough choices...
Absolutely, it is a US/India/Israel conspiracy to destabilize a Great Nation, the Land of the Pure; PAKISTAN!
@MAJ Taylor: Very well said .. If Pakistanis were not against these terrorist we would have seen mass demonstrations against the Army and GoP ... despite thousand of families have lost their loved ones our support is with our Army in uprooting these savages from our country. These people are hiding in Afghanistan, and hope NATO & US is able to arrest them during its on going operation which will not only give justice to all those innocent people who were butchered by these barbarians but also give a clear signal to the people on the streets of Pakistan that our enemies are same and we have to fight them together.
Iam very clear in mind and soul that likes of Fazal-ullah are neither CIA nor RAW .In my opnion this statement is as disgusting,obnoxious and threatning as the statement of Mike Mullen and needs to addressed in the same manner. But iam sure the so called pro religious and pro pakistan anchor person will never host a show on this topic , because lkes of Gen Hameed Gul, Imran Khan and Ansar Abbasi would excuse to comment on this. sad but its true.
@faraz: yes this the hard truth about the so called peace tenure associated with talibans
@faraz: well said faraz this is the true picture of what is indeed the so called peace in afghanistan
@Ali Faruq: Very Well Said Bro , the best i read so far
The ruthless murderer and leader responsible for terrorizing the innocent people of Swat issues another warning to the Pakistani government. Is it not in his evil nature to attempt to uproot freedom from Pakistan and to bring despair to those who would otherwise reside in peace? The Taliban terrorist mission inside Pakistan could easily be held responsible for thousands of killings. They have brought death, fear and panic to many and destroyed families by killing brothers, sisters and children. Do not the suicide bombings, no longer the exception but now the rule, signal that the time to take action is now? When a known terrorist issues a stern warning, is not the time for action now? The US and NATO forces are fighting the same enemy with the same evil agenda across the border. When Pakistani authorities aggressively counter the same threat, the Taliban will have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.Our wish and desire is to have a region free of terrorist atrocities. Our statements are often taken out of context, and the real meaning is twisted and turned, but the end goal envisions a region free of terrorism. Our nations have made and will continue to make sacrifices to achieve our common interests in the war on terror.
MAJ Taylor, DET, United States Central Command www.Centcom.mil/Ur
Why not replace Hina Rabbani Khar with this thoughtful individual? She has been pressing for better international relations...but happens to be a woman.
@Adeel Ahmed: Wow everybody would love the Shariah module designed by Sufi Mohammad. which describes absolute darkness. No Education for women there are nothing but a breading machine. Nobody suppose to have electronics business,Shave at your own risk,wearing Jeans and T-Shirts are Strictly prohabited, Shias and other minorities have no right to breathe . wow what a shariah
@adam: You want him to read more of the medieval stuff and waste time ?
@What?!: @What?!: sir, believe me friendship with india & China is the only solution of your woes. remaining away from world politics afghanistan/taliban is the only way of progress. solving your countries own problem is the only solution. YOUR pm keeps on talking about big meetings with China.US but the reality is in front of u. Countries like China are progressing only because they are not involving in anyone's affair just on their progress so they are going high. India's PM is known as silent leader. Actually he is not interested in commenting on every of the world's event. He is not interested in arranging meeting with the world leader's so often. He is not interested when domestic people laugh that he is silent. He is only happy because his policy of open & vibrant economy has led to progress in economy & HIS POLICIES HAVE LED TO TOP INDIAN NAMES like ambanis, tatas , azim premji.
David Hadley's report,Fazlullah's new threat,Qadafi's Killing and composition of Hallery's delegation to Pakistan is not a coincidence, it was all planned as such to give strongest possible msg to act as told.The game going on in Afghanistan is no more in the hands of Pakistan alone, why Americans do not understand, when they will, then it will be too late for them.
@ M. Akhtar Sure, there was peace in the Tailban controlled areas but only because they CHOPPED THE HEAD off of any dissenters - whether minor or major. if that is your definition of peace, please have your brains replaced. @ Hindustan Ki Shakti: ahh... RAW and India are not as innocent as you make it to be, so get your facts right bfore you make a statement. Whatever goes up, comes down as well - so keep a sharp eye on your economy.
Does imran khan still want to negotiate with this lunatic?
I want to know what Diggvijay Singh has to say about Fazullah-Ji.
Shariah is answer to all Paksitan's problems. Shariah now, Shariah tomorrow, shariah for ever on the land of Pakistan . The country was formed for shariah.
Let the so called democratic Govt of Pakistan do a plebiscite of how many people in the country want Sharia
t! Let Tribune do it! Democracy is implementing the wishes of the majority of the people. Am not saying Maulvi Fazlullah is totally correct. But am also sure hes not wrong. He`s demanding shariat. Let the Govt conduct a opinion poll across Pakistan and if majority demands shariat law, why not implement it. Why are some literate people against implementation of Shariat.
Does this TTP leader even knows what Maulvi means. The level of islamic knowledge required to get such honorific title is astronomical. True Maulvis spent decades studying sharia and even then they don't act all high & mighty. These TTP leaders are defaming Islam & the beautiful law of sharia. And don't people think that there is something to ponder when this kind of statements come right during Hillaries PAK visit. Where is the US state department when this TTP folks gives statements sitting in Afganistan , Normally we would see the US showing great concern for PAK citizens suffering from terrorist threat.
I for one would not shariah...and definitely not the brand fazlullah preaches.....he can take that version and shove it where the sun dont shine....
@Noor @Farooq: and this is in general called denial! Wait till he makes life hell for you and you will continue to blame US despite it being an inside work.
i say, 'bring it awoooooooonnn dr. frankestien!' we were starting to miss bin laden. thank gawd for this upcoming rock star!
The point today is entirely based on allowing people to practice their own cultural-religious values, without applying any coercive measures. Proxies of foreign resources would never stop meddling in our internal affairs, but it is precisely our responsibility that the real Islamic tolerance must be shown by our key religious leaders and parties. It seems they all are afraid to condemn any lunatic who generates hatred against non-Muslims and liberal Pakistanis. Nowhere in the Islamic world the shariah is implemented and, without establishing a balance economic system, it is impossible to even speak on such issue.
@M.Akthar: Either you are ignorant or just making things up.
@Iftikhar-ur-Rehman: Its very easy to finger point ... Every one is evil but us right ? Why can't we say we sponsored him as he ran under the nose of our kings ... how come he slipped during the operation we had in Swat? Its time we do some introspection .. otherwise our ills will become cancer (if it hasn't yet). One should put their own house in order instead of calling names to others. If your own brother is taking up gun in your house don't blame strangers for giving him money or backing him. Just get rid of your brother if he isn't obedient. We were blamed for backing Sikh in India for Khalistan movement but Indra Gandhi instead of just finger pointing, went and got rid of all those people who were blamed to be backed by Pakistan. If there is a will there is a way but our will is very weak and we are acting like a person who knows, is sick but is afraid of an operation, despite knowing it will cure him/her.
Simply track him, trace him & nuke him with a Strategic Weapon. Give a clear message to all the internal and external enemies of Pakistan, Stop screwing with our Sovereignty & Integrity any further. Gentlemen we mean business. Period.
You will rot in hell. You disobey ALLAH who said in QUR'AN that killing one human being is like killing whole of humanity. ISHALLAH Pakistan will crush all the terrorists like you.
@Ali Faruq: I concur your opinion, bravo.
@Mirza: We witnessed it in Swat and a bit of it in Islamabad too. They are the preach suicide bombings as heavenly act. We had had enough of terrorirsm in name of Shariah, they have no knowledge of Islam, at least I do not comprehend the connotation of Islam, advocated by an under matric, cable brirdge operator of NWFP government employee whop escaped school education.
Please have some mercy at our future generation.
@Adeel Ahmed: Really? and how do you know that most moderate and Educated? people won't mind sharia in Pakistan.. makes me wonder what is special in Sharia that these people want? Ask those people who want it and i can bet on my life 90% won't know what Sharia is. Don't we have Mohammaden Law (Sharia) in Pakistan Penal Code? YES WE DO, then what are they you after? To those people who are asking for Sharia Law just bring any law and tell them its Sharia they will be happy as they have no idea what this law has ... Is there one single book of Sharia Law?. People are so naive to think that just implementing this law and every thing will be fine .. Its not about Law. Its about the implementation of rules. Law can tell you what to do which in our case we have in Pakistani Law but Police and Judiciary is to implement it .. Law is just a book. Change the society to implement it not the book. No matter what type of Law you have if police is taking bribe which is made up of our own people from this very society, How will you bring any one to justice ? In all developed countries their law works perfectly for them not because they have Sharia law but because bribe and favoritism isn't common there. If you guys think Pakistan Penal Code is lenient in any way then make amendments into it. SIMPLE!.
@Farooq: because he is US man. Seems
With backing of US & NATO, he can vow anything;
Indeed, time to face Allah's trial is very near!
Lets implement Shariah beginning with finishing off Taliban's opium fields. I wonder how they'll function without that..
@Ghaznavi: very funny...
Molvi Fazlullah used to threaten barbers who shaved their customers' beards and warned against girls attending schools. Similarly, he burned video shops. I think we pretty much get the mentality which favors such step in different areas of Pakistan.
It will take us a deacade to neutalize the mentality that has been fostered officially in Pakistan. Hoping for the best. And keeping the fingers crossed.
@zamasoch: 'brainwashness and false history have some drawbacks
There is no negociating with the enemies of Pakistan.bring it on!!!!
Ah! Pakistan -The land of the pure. Asli muslim vs Naqli muslim. 1947-non muslim population 27%. 2011-2%. Will the last Pakistani(pure muslim) standing, switch of the lights before immigrating to the West!
Yes please impose this Shariah in tribal agencies and let Imran Khan and other taliban sympathizers live under their Shariah for just one month. And then we will see how these people will talk about peace with taliban again.
@Pakistani First: Sponsored by the DRONE OWNERS that's why the drones cannot find him
Pakistan drop the "Islamic" from your name. Become a democratic, secular democracy. Mobilize your huge military machine and take on the mullahs. We don't want sharia. The women and minorities it suppresses are equal citizens of the Republic of Pakistan as envisioned by its founder.
In the 90s, taliban were locked in a deadly civil war with Northern Alliance in which both sides butchered each other in thousands. Which peace are you talking about?
@Ghaznavi: what you are saying is that Fazullallah is OBL !:)
Wat a timing.. when Hilary is Here.. It raises some concerns.
US drones will attack and kill civilians and SUSPECTED militants but somehow never target this lunatic and his TTP kind? Seems to me US is looking both ways.
To all those saying this is future of Pakistan, Be very afraid because this is not going to happen. We have seen how Swatians and Waziris have rejected these people. rest of country doesnt give two hoots about these radio mullahs. These kind of people never ever been in power and never will be.
@Ghaznavi: We already do more than required. See? Both sides can play that little game that goes nowhere. The only difference is NATO actually has some ground to stand on if they were to say it with a straight face.
It looks like OBL was our Trump Card to pull in cash in the name of Al Qaida and now his substitute who left Swat untouched and unscratched is being advertized at all levels. If Pakistan, Afghanistan and USA are really interested then this person can not move an inch from where ever he is hiding. Joint Operation can capture this boggy man in 24 hours.
Ok people. This has nothing to do with Islam or Sharia so please stop steering the debate in that direction simply because of all the dozens of axes you have to grind. Thanks. Also, Fazlu is NOT a strategic asset of Pakistan's, though it's an open question as to whose asset he is. Do none of you find it at all suspicious that he can cross over into Afghanistan and operate their freely under the nose of the US military? Is stopping cross-border incursions only Pakistan's responsibility? Or do all of the UIS drone and satellites go blind when they spot Fazlu? Try and look beyond your narrow ideological viewpoints and see the big picture. Please.
Poor guy. Now he has to fight two countries. Pakistan and India.
Imran Khan can negotiate with him and all will be OK! duh!
@Geelani: bro u did not lost any of ur family member or ur property. u even did not listen or see the crying faces of those who lost there beloved in the attacks by these barking dogs in our area? do u think this is the way to bring Sharia in Pakistan? our beloved prophet Hazrat Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him )show us this path to bring Sharia? wake up my bro and open ur eyes before it destroy the name of Islam......
......and still we do nothing about the Madrasses and their sponsors.
@John B: bro Pakistan and specialy KPK is ready for these Barking Dogs of the worlds that are funded by the anti Islam. As a Pashtoon as we kick him before from our land that is known as Hospitalities we will kick him again and this time no Marcy for these….!!!!
The monkey is back in business from Afghanistan but this time he has the support of those who are fighting against terrorism under UN mandate. He is staying in the Kunar Province with the kind courtesy of Afghan Government and its masters. He was given medical treatment in Baghram in most modern allied facility when he got injured in battle with Pakistani troops and escaped to Afghanistan. Sooner or later he will perish and his credo will evaporate in thin air.
@Adam: What do you know of Sharia that you comment on? Every True Muslim wants sharia to be implemented in true spirit. Let Tribune do a opinion poll on the streets of cities & towns of Pakistan & publish the results. Remember, under the Taliban Governance in Afghanistan, there was complete peace & little crime in Afghanistan.
I think the Government must implement Sharia through Pakistan and Maulvi Fazlullah`s demand is not unjustified. If more than 50% populace of Pakistan wants sharia implemented then implement Sharia. Afterall, we are a islamic republic.
@zamasoch: He is a Pakistani and wants to attack and recover HIS own land.
@Pakistani First: Since when has PAK have drones in its arsenal?
Eliminate ALL these terrorists while USA is with you. For tomorrow, if the USA is not with you, these terrorists will 'make a thousand cuts' in Pak.
another libya at our door steps. allah be praised...
@Char Latan: hey this is Pakistani Nation and we know how to defend our Motherland. we have sacrificed and will sacrifice for the peace of our country as well as this region and for Peace of the World. pakistan will never come under the influence of any millitant group, Pakistan is an indepent country ns will always be!
@Char Latan: They are not the future leaders. Swat is a prime example. People loathe them. True, that support for them exists - moreso perhaps in a tribal area. But in an urbanised area, not a chance. The Islamic religious parties never got the majority so how can they? That is the reason they believe in violence to gain their foothold. 'sharia' is just a facade. The only way they can come back is the poor response of security forces and law enforcement agencies and half hearted attempts of Army to root them out as was evident in the first operation in Swat.
Ouch! You have missed your real place Fazlullah, Plz run fast; your other partners in HELL are waiting for you. The Shariah you are concerned about is applicable in HELL! Kindly put off your fake Islamic Laws by YOURSELVES and Leave us ALONE!
oh my god. peace friends peace. ISLAM always favours peace. Please dont kill people in name of SHARIA.
Does this fool not read the Quran?
There is no compulsion in religion.
With backing of US & NATO?
Such great job being sponsored by Hillary & Co!
Y r v against them?
Not in Pakistan, but in Afghanistan it is okay ( or we do not care) is the PAK answer?
These guys are the same and they divided up the territory from Afghanistan to Punjab. It is time for PAK to wake up.
Only growig hairs all over the body is not Sharia, I recommend you to study Islam, the Islam you implemented in swat was a new history in Islam (rather bidaad). You slaughtering people, lashing women if they are not escorted by their male family members. You better have punished those people harrasing women. You also worked against shaira e Mohammadi (PBUH), by blowing up schools.
Now we know about the ultimate future of Pakistan. Our dear strategic asset has spoken clearly while other Islamist apologists beat around the bush and lie through their teeth.
I wonder why all these statements come at a time when some one from US high ups is visiting Pakistan. There is some link in between ...
Why don't the drones find this lunatic.
He should fight America on the land where he is currently staying. He is requested to avoid war with his own people on his own land.
Mullahism is eating Pakistan like cancer.
Pakistan is an Islamic Republic Country. What else Mullahs needs from Pakistan?
What Mullahs wants to do is to bulldoze girl’s schools, make the women to wear shuttlecock burqa and to put a complete ban on them to go outside their houses.
Pakistan must get rid of from all “Stone-Age Actors” like Maulvi Fazlullah and like minded people.
Pakistan has been made to progress with the world and not to go back into Stone Age.
Hello Pakistan, meet your future Taliban rulers. Bad teeth, warped ideology...and that is just the start.