Pakistani spies trace Fazlullah to Kunar province

Published: July 26, 2010
US, Afghan officials not interested in moving against him

US, Afghan officials not interested in moving against him

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan spy agencies have traced the hideout of the fugitive Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah in an eastern Afghan province and want international forces stationed there to get him out.

Officials in the intelligence agencies told The Express Tribune on Sunday that Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Radio, was hiding in Kunar province of Afghanistan, bordering Pakistan’s Chitral district and Bajaur tribal region.

They said top security operatives have tipped their Afghan and American counterparts about the presence of Fazlullah in a district controlled by one of anti-Pakistan commanders but there hasn’t been any action so far.

“We know exactly where he (Fazlullah) is in Afghanistan…we have told Americans and Afghans to get him. But they hardly seem to be interested in moving against him,” said one security official based in Peshawar.

The assertion speaks of a ‘deep mistrust’ between US and Pakistani intelligence outfits, which otherwise are allies in the war on terror.

The revelation comes days after Fazlullah featured in a video addressing his would-be suicide bombers and warning that his Taliban would take the valley they once ruled back from security forces.

On Saturday Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain’s son was killed by unknown assassins. Taliban claimed responsibility for the murder.

It was Fazlullah who once warned Hussain of dire consequences.

All these incidents indicate Swat Taliban, who were flushed out from the valley in a military operation last summer, could still be a threat and might be in a position to re-launch them.

Intelligence officials said security agencies lost track of Fazlullah immediately after a military operation was launched in May last year to retake the valley from Taliban led by him.

According to them, the Mullah Radio might have crossed over the border using one of several secret routes from Swat into Upper Dir and from there to Kunar province.

One official said the intelligence outfits believe Fazlullah left Swat before the military moved into his stronghold of Ghat Peochar in upper parts of the valley, betraying his commanders.

In November last year, he rang up a Peshawar-based BBC journalist, Hai Kakar, from Kunar province of Afghanistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Jul 26, 2010 - 3:03AM

    American and Pakistani spy masters are playing with each other at the cost of humanity.Hameed Gul,Aslam Beg and leaders of J.I and JUI know each and every hide out of suicide bomber.Recommend

  • saleem khan
    Jul 26, 2010 - 6:25AM

    some time we heared that he is injured,some time we see in the papers that he died in Nooristan while now another one that is in in KUNAr Afghanistan.
    very difficult to understand.

  • Hasan
    Jul 26, 2010 - 7:10AM

    > ISLAMABAD: Pakistan spy agencies have
    > traced the hideout of the fugitive
    > Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah
    > in an eastern Afghan province and want
    > international forces stationed there
    > to get him out.

    Let’s hope Fazlullah is not reading this paper, is forewarned and moves again.

    Sometimes I wonder if our agencies are really serious.Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Jul 26, 2010 - 9:19AM

    a little correction for the writer fazlullah was very much here in swat during the grand operation and was severly injured not very far from mingora his family were in custody of the forces and were released later maybe fazlullah got wings who flew to dir lower not upper and now superman has emerged in afghanistan maybe next we hear of his landing in USA.Recommend

  • Amna Zaman
    Jul 26, 2010 - 11:07AM

    The lives that these terrorist have taken must be paid for. They need to be captured and defeated. Our country was not meant to give asylum to such men.Recommend

  • KM
    Jul 26, 2010 - 11:29AM

    Pakistani forces should go after him themselves, as it is their reciprocal right to do, while US reserves the right to drone our areas for their wanted list. Wondering why is this becoming a helpless situation? This clearly shows that the US and the afghans harbour and finance anti pakistan elements, clearly showing that it isnt actually an afghan war.Recommend

  • Jul 26, 2010 - 11:48AM

    If it true, and seems true, it is not difficult to determine that Fazallah is backed by Indian and Afghanistan jointly. And the purpose is to keep the prevailing situation to blackmail the Pakistan. The only solution is to unite.Recommend

  • s faisal
    Jul 26, 2010 - 12:38PM

    If pak agencies want him it will do it but they dont want to.Pakhtoon leader Afazal khan Lala told on Khyber TV that immonitions along with three person was caught in Mingora swat agencies personals came & ask the SHO to go himself & deliver all ammunition to Fazullah.Fazullah has no power as Pakistan agencies in on his side made him powerful.They let him go out from swat & will ask him back if needed. Recommend

  • Mansoor Khalid
    Jul 26, 2010 - 12:42PM

    Acting on each other’s intelligence tips will not only serve to deepen the mutual bond but would also help in nabbing some big names in the terrorist outfit.Recommend

  • Nina
    Jul 26, 2010 - 1:54PM

    Why the US and Afghan forces don’t seem to want to take action against Fazlullah after having been provided his whereabouts by Pakistan, is clear and simple, the US with Afghan and Indian assistance is backing Fazlullah to destabilize Pak. You don’t need to have a PHd degree to figure that out. Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Jul 26, 2010 - 2:12PM

    The intelligence agencies of all the neighboring countries must cooperate with each other to solve the issue of terrorism that is equally affecting the whole world.Recommend

  • Aristo
    Jul 26, 2010 - 3:54PM

    All agencies are notorious for playing double games, if our agencies ever wanted to take him out they could have done it a long time ago as he became known as MULLAH RADIO with the approval of you know who. Looks like Fazlullah was indeed provided a safe passage, Only God, agency men and Fazlullah know why.Recommend

  • hira Mir
    Jul 27, 2010 - 10:54AM

    @anwarahmad I would agree with you to some extent. It Is important for us to weed out the fakers from the country so that we can get rid of militants at once.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jul 28, 2010 - 1:03AM

    Fazlullah needs to be dealt same way as Balach Marri was in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Sadia Hussain
    Jul 30, 2010 - 10:25AM

    The hunt for Fazalullah must go on and not just because he is a high profile target but also bringing him to justice will seal the fate of peace in Swat. The locals wait for justice so that they can have some closure.Recommend

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