Profile: From ‘Mullah Radio’ to TTP supremo

Published: November 8, 2013
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Mullah Fazlullah has completed his matriculation from Dherai High School, Kanjo, and then his intermediate from Jehanzeb College, Swat. PHOTO: FILE

Mullah Fazlullah has completed his matriculation from Dherai High School, Kanjo, and then his intermediate from Jehanzeb College, Swat. PHOTO: FILE

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Born in Imam Dherai area of Swat in 1973, Fazlullah’s real name is Fazal Hayat.

He was acknowledged for the first time in Swat when he started preaching through the radio, earning him the nickname of ‘Mullah Radio’ in 2005.

The new TTP supremo is the son-in-law of Maulana Sufi Muhammad, the founder of Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), a banned outfit that aims to impose Shariah in the country. He also received religious education until grade five from Maulana Sufi’s seminary, Mazharul Uloom in Maidan area of Dir.

When the US invaded Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks, Maulana Sufi Muhammad along with many other people crossed into Afghanistan to fight against the foreign troops. Fazlullah was among them. He was arrested on his way back from Afghanistan and spent 17 months in prison in Dera Ismail Khan.

In 2006, he began the construction of a seminary in his hometown. During the same year, the tension in Swat escalated when a US drone targeted a madrassah in Damadola, Bajaur Agency, on January 13, 2006 in which 85 students were killed, including Fazlullah’s brother, Fazal Wahid.

Fazlullah seems to have risen to power as the situation in Swat became more and more precarious, until in 2007 the command of the Taliban Swat chapter was given to him as he was seen trying to impose Shariah in the area.

Soon after, Pakistan’s government signed three peace deals with Fazlullah – the first two were with the district government, which collapsed, while the third one was with then ANP government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, after which the military launched an operation against Fazlullah and his accomplices in Swat.

The first military offensive was launched on November 24, 2007, titled Rah-e-Haq followed by another operation, Rah-e-Rast. The final operation was launched on May 5, 2009. Fazlullah was forced to flee to Afghanistan.

According to the residents of his hometown Imam Dherai, he liked to fish in River Swat when he was a student and had a quarrelsome nature when he was young.

He has completed his matriculation from Dherai High School, Kanjo, and then his intermediate from Jehanzeb College, Swat.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Faiq
    Nov 8, 2013 - 4:23AM

    Good to know a terrorist’s autobiography…but why is ET publishing it ??

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  • Brookside
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:48PM

    It’s really surprising the way media is projecting terrorists, martyr or publishing their so called “noble” profiles . I don’t see much hope for Pakistan if things are going this way . Never saw profile of any scientist , teacher or social worker on Pakistan media .Good going….

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  • imran ali
    Nov 8, 2013 - 1:12PM

    spent 17 months in prison in Dera Ismail Khan… Fazlullah was forced to flee to Afghanistan.

    another …Strategic Asset…for Pakistan

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  • Zara
    Nov 8, 2013 - 1:22PM

    “the tension in Swat escalated when a US drone targeted a madrassah in Damadola, Bajaur Agency, on January 13, 2006 in which 85 students were killed, including Fazlullah’s brother, Fazal Wahid.”

    But none of those 85 students was Malala that’s why we got a chance to read it after 7 years.

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  • Parvez
    Nov 8, 2013 - 2:19PM

    When you create a monster, you should have the capacity to kill it as well.

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  • Ali S
    Nov 8, 2013 - 4:19PM

    @Zara:

    No. But chances are they were terrorists in training.Recommend

  • javaid randhawa
    Nov 8, 2013 - 10:21PM

    Is he a superman that he cannot be a eliminated by our commandos for his involvement in killing of our genera.l

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