In what appeared to be an unprecedented move, Pakistan requested Afghanistan to hand over Maulana Fazlullah, citing he was hiding in the neighboring country and involved in planning the 14-year-old attack on Malala Yousafzai.
Pakistan claimed that the renowned terrorist was involved in planning major attacks in Pakistan from across the border, particularly the recent on young Pakistani peace activist.
According to media reports, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar made this demand during her meeting with Afghanistan-Pakistan special envoy Marc Grossman, who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday for talks with political and military leaders on “issues of bilateral and mutual concern.”
Reports added that Fazlullah has been involved in planning 15 major attacks in Pakistan, from Afghanistan, including attacks on security check posts and villages which have claimed almost 200 lives.
The reports quoted the foreign minister saying that the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) Swat chief was hiding in Afghan area close to Pakistani borders and his aides had launched several attacks on military posts in Dir, Chitral and other areas of the neighboring country.
Maulana Fazlullah, also nicknamed “Mullah Radio” is the leader of banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM).
Known for his fiery radio broadcasts in Swat Valley, he is also sometimes referred to as chief of the Swat Taliban.
Earlier, it was reported that Fazlullah had sent a hit squad, comprising of two members, to kill 14-year-old Malala for being a proponent of girls’ education in the valley and speaking against the Taliban.