|Islam prohibits waging war against Pakistan Army: Sufi Mohammad|
|[GEO.TV] Islam prohibits waging war against the Pakistain Army or killing any person who recites the Kalima, Maulana Sufi Mohammad, the leader of the banned Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi (), said on Friday, days after his release from an eight-year-long incarceration.|
In an interview to a private news channel, the ailing 93-year-old said the banned Tehrik-e- Pakistain (TTP) possess all signs of being apostates (Khawarij) and that the only punishment TTP chief deserves is the .
He also said that the country would have been divided if it was not for the Pakistain Army, whose soldiers are like Mujahideen (holy warriors).
Earlier this month, the High Court accepted Sufi Mohammad's bail plea and after his lawyer pleaded for his release as he had served a long time in prison despite his old age and deteriorating health condition.
This was his first interview to the media after his release.
Sufi Mohammad is the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the head of the banned TTP who has waged war against Pakistain and is the country's most-wanted terrorist.
Further criticizing the activities of the TTP, Sufi Mohammad said that it is strictly prohibited in Islam to kill , and that those responsible for the massacre of children at the Army Public School in Peshawar were worse than infidels.
He also regretted the 2012 terrorist attack on Pak Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousufzai, saying she was a child and should not have been attacked, and added that he is not opposed to education of children. The TSNM chief also added that he had raised awareness in writing regarding permission for children's education.
Mohammad, who belongs to Maidan in Lower Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, is facing trial in at least two cases registered in district including one in 2009 and another in 1995. He has been accused of committing sedition, waging war against Pakistain, and several other offences, and has previously termed the government, the Constitution of Pakistain, and the judicial system un-Islamic.
In the first case, the TNSM chief was charged under Sections 120-B (hatching criminal conspiracy), 121-A (waging war against Pakistain), 124-A (sedition), 148 and 149 (rioting) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Pakistain Penal Code.
The other case was registered at Swat's Kabal Police Station in June 1995 when Maulana Sufi Muhammad and his supporters tried to impose 'Shariah' in Malakand division with force. He was charged under Sections 121 and 121-A (war against Pakistain), 324 (attempted murder), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 353 (obstructing public servant) of the IPC.
Previously, the was on November 20, 2001 in when he was returning from Afghanistan where he had gone along with thousands of his supporters to wage war against US forces.
He was released in April 2008 when the ANP-led provincial government entered into a peace deal with the TNSM in which the latter disassociated itself from attacks on security forces and government installations and promised to help it in restoring the writ of the state there.
Sufi Mohammad was arrested again after failure of the peace deal and the launching of the military operation in Malakand division. The government also restored the old cases against him and his followers.
His lawyer, Fida Gul, says that apart from the two cases, his counsel has already been acquitted or granted bail in 11 cases previously filed against him.
|PHC orders release of TNSM's Maulana Sufi Muhammad on bail|
|[DAWN] The High Court (PHC) on Monday ordered the release of Maulana Sufi Muhammad, chief of the banned Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi ( ), after accepting his bail application.|
Justice Waqar Sath heard the case and accepted the TNSM chief's bail application.
On July 30, 2009, a had booked the TNSM chief for hate speech against the government.
In that speech, Sufi Muhammad had termed the Constitution "un-Islamic" and demanded enforcement of the Sharia.
Situationer: The nine lives of Sufi Mohammad
In today's hearing, Sufi Muhammad claimed that he should be released "as his health is deteriorating with each passing day."
The TNSM chief has been kept imprisoned since his arrest in 2009, when the final phase of a military operation against was launched in the Malakand region.
A number of cases were registered against Sufi Muhammad; however, in each case, witnesses against him had either died or could not be traced.
|Sufi, TNSM workers indicted in terrorism case|
|[DAWN] A local anti-terrorism court on Saturday indicted the banned Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi's chief, Maulana Sufi Mohammad, along with his two sons and several associates for inciting hatred against the government and staging an illegal sit-in in Timergara area of Lower Dir six years ago.|
The accused in the case and decided to stand trial.
Judge Abdur Rauf Khan, who has been conducting the trial inside the Central Prison for security reasons, fixed Feb 21 for the next hearing and summoned prosecution witnesses on that date.
Adil Majeed, lawyer for the accused, insisted his clients were innocent and would face trial.
In Oct 2008, Maulana Sufi Mohammad and activists staged a sit-in at the Rest House Ground in Timergara for several days.
During that sit-in, they delivered speeches against the government.
After the final stage of military operation against was launched in May 2009, an FIR was also registered against Maulana Sufi and several TNSM members for the sit-in.
The police charged the accused under Section 153-A of Pakistain Penal Code, which deals with promotion of hatred among people, and Section 11-F (3) of Anti-Terrorism Act, which deals with activities of an outlawed outfit.
TNSM was banned in 2002 and therefore, holding such activities was a crime under the law.
During the 2009 sit-in, the prime accused Maulana Sufi Mohammad declared that the protest would continue until enforcement of Shariah in Malakand region.
He also allegedly termed the country's Constitution and laws un-Islamic.
Until now, Maulana Sufi Mohammad and several of his associates have been acquitted by the anti-terrorism court in 10 cases of terrorism.
Now, trial into only three cases, including the one in question, is underway.
the court also adjourned the hearing into another case charging Maulana Sufi with sedition and waging war against the country.
As some witnesses did not turn up, the court fixed Feb 21 for the next hearing.
In that case, Maulana Sufi was charged with delivering a speech in Feb 2009 at Grassy Ground in Swat.
The prosecution alleged that in that speech, he had tried to instigate the people for waging a war against the country and also brought in contempt the federal and provincial governments as well as the Constitution.
|ATC indicts Sufi Mohammad in sedition case|
|[DAWN] An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in on Saturday indicted chief of the banned Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi ( ) Maulana Sufi Mohammad for sedition over a speech at Grassy Ground in Feb 2009 when the government had made a deal with him for restoration of peace in Malakand region.|
The hearing of the case was held in Peshawar's Central Jail.
During the hearing, the court charged the TNSM chief for treason over his speech against democracy and state at Grassy Ground in Swat where he had termed democracy and the then-government as un-Islamic and unconstitutional.
Sufi Mohammad is the father-in-law of outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban chief .
Last year in November, an ATC in Peshawar had acquitted Sufi Mohammad and around 30 of his associates in two terrorism cases.
he continued to be behind bars for facing two more cases -- one of which is the sedition case in which he was indicted today.
|KP govt refers 423 cases for trial by military courts|
|[DAWN] Authorities in on Friday referred a list of terror suspects to the federal government for trial by military courts.|
The 45-page report contains 423 cases of terror suspects for trial by military courts, which also includes the name of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief .
has the highest number of cases -- 116 -- to be tried by military courts, whereas the remaining 307 cases are from other areas of the province.
Most of the terror suspects were charged for attacks on security forces, government buildings, state installations and killing of civilians.
Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi ( ) chief Sufi Mohammad and Maulvi Faqeer are among other high profile suspects on the list.
A few of the terror suspects are awaiting trial in jail, while many of them are absconders in Afghanistan.
|After jihad: Abandoned ...|
|[DAWN] Bin Yameen will turn 19 this year, but he often wonders what his father, Baligh Jan, looks like now. His father would have been 48 this year; Jan was a labourer, who left home for jihad in Afghanistan on the directions of Tehrik-e-Nifazi-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi () chief Maulana Sufi Mohammad.|
"I often try to remember my father's face but it is difficult for me to visualise him, because I was just four years old at that time," says Bin Yameen.
A resident of Barawal Bandi village in the Upper Dir district of , Bin Yameen laments that his family was unable to stop his father from leaving for Afghanistan along with the other villagers. He was adamant about supporting the Afghan Taliban in their fight against American forces.
"We are five sisters and three brothers. Four of my sisters are elder to me," says Bin Yameen. "It was difficult for my mother to meet the family's monthly expenses after my father left for the war in Afghanistan."
According to locals of various districts in Malakand division, over 10,000 people aged between 30 and 55 left for Afghanistan in 2001 to fight the US forces, on the directions of Maulana Sufi Mohammad. His organization, TNSM, was banned in 2002 by former President General (retired) . Not many of Sufi's jihadis returned home, not many have any traceable whereabouts either.
Over time, Bin Yameen's devastated family came to terms with their loss. The young mother focused all her energies on raising her children, while Bin Yameen's uncle took on the financial responsibility of providing for the family.
And yet, a great burden was also placed on Bin Yameen's young shoulders.
"In the mornings, I study; I am enrolled in class IX at the Government High School Chukyatan, which is some 4km away from my village. After school, I work in the vegetable market," explains Bin Yameen. When asked how he manages balancing studies and work, he says that it is difficult but he has no option. "My mother successfully arranged the marriages of four of my sisters, but I am still responsible for providing for my mother, two younger brothers and one more sister."
Bin Yameen takes his younger brother, 16-year-old Ameenullah, to work as well the family supplements its income in any way they can. But unlike Bin Yameen, Ameenullah neither has a fleeting memory of his father nor has he ever seen a picture of him over the last 14 years. "I was two years old when he left," says Ameenullah.
Their family attempted to search for Baligh Jan in Kabul, but all efforts came to naught. "When my uncle visited Kabul to search for my father, all he returned with was an assurance by officials that they will try to locate him in Afghan prisons," says Bin Yameen. "Our mother has become mentally ill because of the continuous tension."
Ameenullah always feels his father's absence on occasions such as Eid or "when the fair comes to our village."
In Qader Kalay village of Upper Dir, 64-year-old Safia Bibi saw her son leave for Afghanistan in 2001 and her husband die soon after. She now works as domestic help in the homes of the rich.
"My 30-year-old son, Badshah Zada, worked as a labourer before leaving for Afghanistan. I advised him to cancel his plans but he refused; he was enamoured by jihad," says Safia Bibi.
Badshah Zada left his wife and two children in the care of his aging parents. After his father's demise, his mother assumed the role of sole breadwinner of the household. "I wish my son had refused to follow the rhetoric and directions of Sufi Mohammad," she says wistfully.
Unlike blue-collar Badshah Zada, 30-year-old Mohammad Mursaleen Khan was teaching at a local seminary in his native Qader Kalay. Like Badshah Zada, he also left for jihad. His 62-year-old father, Khan, is forced to work as a security guard of a school in Upper Dir city to meet the family's monthly expenses.
"Why would I be forced to work in this age if my son had not followed the directions of the TNSM chief?" he asks.
Twenty-eight-year-old Abdullah Jan works in as a labourer; he was forced to abandon higher education after his 50-year-old father, Barkat Jan, left their Kater village home in October 2001 also for jihad in Afghanistan.
"My father was a farmer," says Abdullah Jan. "Of course, we depended on him to meet our monthly expenses. I failed to complete my higher studies due to the monetary problems of my family after he left us."
In Dogdara village of Upper Dir, 38-year-old Muftahuddin's cousin, 38-year-old Javed Khan, returned home after two-and-a-half-years since leaving in September 2001. His family paid Rs400,000 to Afghan officials for his safe return from jail in Jalalabad, or so they claim. They were one of the lucky ones.
But it is not just jihadis inspired and prepared by TNSM that are languishing in Afghan jails. Former Interior Minister says it is difficult for him to give an exact number of Pak prisoners in Afghanistan, but the figure could be in the hundreds.
"I discussed the issue of Pak prisoners with my Afghan counterparts on behalf of the Pak government but I did not get a positive response from Afghan authorities," he says. But even Sherpao is aware of the reports that the families of many Pak prisoners paid money to Afghan landlords and jail officials to secure the release of their loved ones after 2001.
Sahibzada Tariqullah, Member of the National Assembly from Upper Dir, agrees. He explains that thousands of Paks were either killed, imprisoned or went missing in Afghanistan during the war in 2001. Hundreds returned home with the support of the but there are reports of many more still languishing in Afghan prisons.
According to an official of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is difficult for the Pak missions to have an update on detained Pak nationals languishing in Afghan prisons due to the law and order situation there, as well as the existence of 'private' prisons run by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Afghanistan.
The officials claimed that over 185 Pak prisoners are currently being incarcerated in Afghan jails 106 in Pul-e-Charkhi Jail in Kabul; 46 in Sarpoza Jail in Kandahar; 26 in Jalalabad; and the remaining in , and Mazar Sharif.
"Back in 2001, the government did not prepare any lists of such Paks because it was trying to stop them from crossing the border in the first place," says Brigadier (retired.) Mahmood Shah, who served as the secretary of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) between 2003 and 2005. He pins the blame on Sufi Mohammad for the killings and missing of thousands of Paks while their families are compelled to survive in difficult circumstances.
"Although Sufi Mohammad is responsible for the crises, but under the Geneva Convention it was the responsibility of the Afghan government to provide complete details about the POWs," argues I.A. Rehman, director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistain (HRCP).
"If Pak prisoners are still being held in Afghanistan, it is contrary to all norms of humanity as well as in direct contravention of the Geneva Convention," adds Rehman.
Foreign Office Spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam meanwhile told Dawn that the Pakistain Embassy in Afghanistan is in process of securing the release of Pak prisoners. She claims that Pakistain and Afghanistan had already agreed to form a joint commission on prisoners in 2011, with Pakistain pushing for early activation of this mechanism.
As long drawn and extended as governmental procedures are, equally short and swift was Sufi Mohammad's message and the speed at which it was consumed. Latifullah, a 55-year-old local school teacher of Government High School Jan Bati, Lower Dir, recalls that people from different towns and villages of Malakand division left their homes to support the Taliban regime back in 2001.
Latifullah describes that most jihad volunteers belonged to the Matta area of district Swat, the Maidan area of Lower Dir, the Dir area of district Upper Dir, Butkhela area of Malakand district, Aman Dara area of district Shangla and Alpori area of district Buner. Then there were others from Punjab, and .
A former member of TNSM, speaking to Dawn on condition of anonymity, narrates that Maulana Sufi Mohammad gathered all volunteers in the areas of Timergara and Bajaur for registration. "We just prepared the lists of the people by including their names and their areas; most people were farmers, labourers and unemployed. They left for the Afghan province of Kunar through the Ghakhi Pass, near the Laghari area in Bajaur Agency," he claims.
Caught between the two is Bin Yameen, who has an agonising 'last wish': "I wish I can see my father in my lifetime; I am hopeful he will return one day."
Will these families ever get closure?
|Army takes control of Peshawar Central Jail|
|[DAWN] More than 200 security personnel were deployed in and around Central Jail in addition to the army personnel postings to guard the jail which according to security sources, was on account of routine rehearsal arranged to cope with an emergency situation.|
Intelligence sources also said that due to potential threat of planning to attack Central Jail Peshawar and free some high profile prisoners, security personnel sealed the jail and also cancelled routine meetings of the visitors with the prisoners adding that under-trial prisoners scheduled for court hearings were also not allowed to leave as the gates of the jail were completely sealed.
The Central Jail authorities confirmed that the daily routine visits of the civilian were cancelled whereas daily shipment of supplies to the jail including food items were halted, adding that "more army personnel have come in and taken over the charge of affairs completely."
Security sources on the other hand say that to check and improve the response, a joint rehearsal of the prisons administration, police and army was conducted last night.
The security personnel still remained deployed in and around the jail time whereas the gates of the Central Prison remained closed till afternoon.
High profile prisoners like alleged US spy Dr Shakeel Afridi, chief Mualana Sufi Muhammad and a number of Taliban prisoners are being kept in Peshawar Jail.
Army personnel remain deployed inside the jail while in normal routine and roads leading to the Jail and High Court were also sealed to avert any potential threat.
|Sufi Mohammad taken to hospital|
|[BETA.DAWN] Sufi Mohammad, chief of Tehrik-e-Nifaaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (), was taken to Lady Reading Hospital after his health took a turn for the worse.|
Mohammad is suffering from joint aches and urinary infection and was taken from Peshawar's Central Jail to the Lady Reading Hospital under strict security.
The TNSM chief was taken to the hospital in handcuffs and could not walk properly on account of the aches.
Police personnel escorted Mohammad to the doctor's office who after a check-up recommended taking certain medications for a period of one month.
The doctor moreover advised that Mohammad undergo physiotherapy which may help in alleviating the aches.
He was further advised to go for another check up after a month's time.
Mohammad resides in Peshawar's Central Jail with 19 cases active against the TNSM chief. Thirteen of these cases are being heard in a special anti-terrorist court.
|'Apologia for Taliban 101'|
|[Dawn] NO sooner had the TTP's heinous shooting of Malala Yousufzai hit the headlines than right-wing politicians and analysts flooded our TV screens. Before a debate could even begin, they started to spin the event for their politically expedient purposes.|
Waving the flags of an Indo-Israeli-American conspiracy,
As the Islamist-dominated monologue around the brutal incident rages on, it is important to see the 'spin' for what it is. Here are some of the key ways our Taliban apologists dissimulate, distort and divert:
1. 'Whoever has committed this act should be punished.'
That's right. Condemn the attack, but create enough ambiguity about its perpetrators to divert attention from the Taliban's patent criminality. Better yet, call it 'jihad', especially when the 'good' Taliban kill people across the border in Afghanistan.
2. 'Why aren't the many more killed in drone attacks given the same publicity?'
Whether innocent civilians die in drone attacks or are killed by the Taliban, both scenarios are equally condemnable. But two wrongs do not make a right. And as many people have noted, drone attacks had little to do with what the TTP did to Malala, or to scores of other innocent civilians in Swat. Malala was attacked because she challenged their version of the 'right' society where women have no voice and no choice.
3. 'In fact, it is the government that almost killed Malala because it failed to provide her security.'
That's true. The government failed. Indeed, the army and its intelligence agencies failed miserably to prevent this and many other terrorist attacks. But how does this vindicate the Taliban?
4. 'We must talk to the Taliban. Previous peace agreements failed because they were sabotaged.'
Talk to who? Those who shoot teenaged girls in cold blood for spreading 'secularism', those who prize human heads as 'kill' trophies, those who consider democracy as heresy? Imran Khan and his ilk would do well to realise that the Taliban are not here to coexist, they are here to win. And remember the deal in Swat, or the several 'peace agreements' in Fata, the Taliban subverted virtually all of them.
5. 'This is nothing unusual in a society that kills women for marrying by choice.'
This is truly offensive to the victims and survivors of terrorism. But let's suppose for argument's sake, it is true. Then, why did we not see similar barbarism -- the lethal targeting of and the destruction of schools -- between 1947 and the 2000s.
6. 'These people can't be s.'
Who is to determine who is and is not a ? The Taliban think they are on the righteous path. They quote from the Koran and Sunnah to justify their crimes against humanity, so do their equally cunning apologists. What difference does it make to those maimed and killed in terrorist attacks whether these people kill in the name of religion or not? Murder is murder. Period.
7. 'We don't know whether those who are claiming to be the TTP are actually the TTP.'
This is a particular favourite of the JI. The Taliban brag about their kills, and make videos of their savage exploits. Yet their apologists in the religious right cast doubts on the 'authenticity' of these claims. Neither have any shame.
8. 'The Indians, the Jews and the Americans finance the TTP.'
And the evidence is ... zero. Amongst others, the PML-N's Lt Gen Abdul Qayyum (retd) claimed on a TV show that 'these' people use Indian guns, Israeli bullets and so on. Very convenient, indeed. Accepting that the spreading cancer of terrorism is a Pak problem would of course turn the focus on the military establishment (and its right-wing allies) for using militancy as a tool of 'statecraft'. Here is the problem: if these 'enemies of Islam' are so smart as to give the military atomic wedgies every second day, the generals should hang up their hats and go home.
9. 'When America leaves the region, terrorism will decline.'
This is Imran Khan's favourite mantra, which is as disingenuous as it is historically wrong. It is no secret that the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi ( the organization previously led by Sufi Mohammad, and since 2002, by his son-in-law, , was up in arms against the Pak state seven years before 9/11. There was no America in the region then.
10. 'We must understand the disease, not just fix the symptoms.'
This one really takes the cake. Basically, it is akin to saying that doctors should let their patients suffer, even suffocate or bleed to death, until they can come up with a proper diagnosis. The disease, of course, circles back to the American occupation of Afghanistan. none of these mard-e-mujahids can tell us how the US exit from the region will prevent Taliban attacks on schools in Swat.
Here is a question for all those who think or would like us to think that Malala's activism or the attack on her and her schoolmates was a foreign conspiracy, or that it must be understood only in a 'broader' context: what if Malala was your daughter? Would you still be talking about 'root causes'? Would you still think this is not our war? Would you still be differentiating between the 'good' and the 'bad' Taliban? I doubt it.
|Sufi indicted in 17-year-old case|
|[Dawn] An anti-terrorism court here on Monday indicted the imprisoned chief of proscribed Tehrik Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi ( Maulana Sufi Mohammad, and 19 others in an over 17-year old case of attacking a and making some hostage.|
Maulana Sufi and other accused persons, mostly belonging to TNSM, to the charge and decided to stand trial following which the court fixed May 15 for the next hearing and also summoned the prosecution witnesses.
Due to security reasons the judge of the anti-terrorism court Swat, Asim Imam, has been conducting trials against Maulana Sufi Mohammad and dozens of other members of TNSM inside the Central Prison in around 10 terrorism-related cases mostly registered in 1994-95.
In the instant case the prosecution alleged that the activists of TNSM headed by Maulana Sufi Mohammad had stage a demonstration in 1995 demanding enforcement of Islamic Shariah in Malakand region. It is alleged that when tried to disperse them the accused attacked the concerned Khwazakhela and also took away some . It is added that the accused had kept the in wrongful confinement and had set them free later on.
An FIR was registered against the accused at Khwazakhela under section 365 (kidnapping), section 342 (wrongful confinement), section 121A (conspiracy to wage war against Pakistain) and section 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of Pakistain Penal Code and the anti-terrorism law.
Few months ago the same court had framed charges against Maulana Sufi Mohammad and several others over the murder of an MPA of Pakistain People's Party, Badiuzzaman Khan.
The MPA hailed from Shangla, adjacent to Swat, and was killed on Nov 3, 1994, in the jurisdiction of Mingora .
While during the last decade Maulana Sufi had mostly remained imprisoned the successive governments did not conduct trials against him in several old cases and even in one of the cases he was shown as proclaimed offender.
Initially, he was in Kurrum Agency in Dec 2001 on his return to Pakistain from Afghanistan where he had gone heading around 10,000 persons to fight the American forces there.
He was tried and sentenced under several sections of Pakistain Penal Code and Frontier Crimes Regulation by the concerned political agent. When the present Awami National Party's government came to power in , he was released under an agreement on April 21, 2008. Later, another agreement was inked between TNSM and provincial government in Feb 2009 but it failed in restoration of peace in Malakand Division.
After launching of a military operation in Malakand Division, Maulana Sufi Mohammad was again on July 26, 2009, from Sethi Town, Peshawar, along with his three sons. He has been in jail since then.
|Sufi indicted in MPA murder case|
|[Dawn] An anti-terrorism court here on Monday indicted the imprisoned chief of proscribed Tehrik Nifaz Shariat-i-Muhammadi ( Maulana Sufi Mohammad, and several others for the murder of an MPA of Pakistain People`s Party in 1994.Maulana Sufi Mohammad and other accused persons to the offence and decided to stand trial following which the court fixed Dec 12 for the next hearing and also summoned the prosecution witnesses.|
Due to security concerns the judge of anti-terrorism court, Swat, Asim Imam, has been conducting proceedings against Maulana Sufi Mohammad and others inside the Central Prison in several cases mostly pertaining to 1994-95.
The MPA, Badiuzzaman Khan, hailing from Shangla, was killed on Nov 3, 1994, in the jurisdiction of Mingora . was going to Buner to attend a party meeting when TNSM members allegedly stopped him near Odigram in Mingora and asked him to remove the party flag from his vehicle. At that time the activists of TNSM had occupied several government installations in Swat.
He allegedly refused to follow their directives and was taken to Abasin Hotel in Mingora. Negotiations were in progress at the hotel when a person fired at the MPA which resulted in his death.
Interestingly, Maulana Sufi had mostly remained behind bars during the last decade but the successive governments did not try him in several cases.
Initially, he was in in Dec 2001 on his returning back to Pakistain from Afghanistan where he had gone to fight the American forces.
|Sufi Mohammad's sons acquitted by Swat ATC|
|[Dawn] An anti-terrorism court on Thursday acquitted three sons of Sufi Mohammad , the chief of Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi ( in a terrorism case, DawnNews reported.|
The ATC acquitted Abdullah, Abdur Rehman and Fazlullah during a hearing of the case.
Mullah Fazlullah, recall, is the pirate radio holy man who theoretically commanded the Taliban who terrorized Swat and threatened Islamabad. I don't imagine his brothers sat home watching the teevee whilst the festivities were going on.
The court, however, said that it would continue hearing of other cases against the three brothers. They were facing several cases of murder, terrorism and revolt.
The brothers were still languishing in jail.