Forget extradition: Bomb Fazlullah’s Afghani hideouts in Kamadesh and Chapa Dara districts in the border provinces of Nuristan and Kunar
The Israelis take out camps in Lebanon, and Syria. Turkey eliminates its enemies in Kurdish Iraq, and South Africa extinguished the evil doers in neighboring countries.
Its time that Pakistan took matters in its own hands and went after those responsible for taking shots at Malala and thousands of other children in Pakistan. It is obvious that NATO is not doing its job in Afghanistan. Pakistan has to take stern action.
The Pakistani security establishment have reiterated that Mullah Fazlullah-led militia was conducting cross border ambushes against the Pakistani security forces with the backing of the Afghan authorities.
Islamabad has refuted Kabul’s lies that Pakistan’s public enemy Number one, Mullah Fazlullah was not hiding in Afghanistan. Pakistan has also refuted the fact and that Islamabad has not shared any data about his presence on the Afghan soil.
Pakistan has repeatedly informed NATO, ISAF and Kabul that the terrorists responsible for hundreds of deaths in Pakistan hiding in Afghanistan and was shuttling between Kamadesh and Chapa Dara districts in the border provinces of Nuristan and Kunar to carry out cross border ambushes. Kamadesh is a village located in Bashgal valley of Nuristan on the Pak-Afghan border, Chapa Dara is situated in the western part of Kunar and also borders Nuristan province.
Islamabad had sought Mullah Fazlullah’s extradition from Kabul in the aftermath of the TTP’s assassination attempt on Malala Yousufzai.
It is a fact that the TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban) continues to operate from Afghanistan despite repeated requests by Islamabad to engage him. The Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had earlier demanded his extradition in her October 20 meeting in Islamabad with US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman.
The world knows that Fazlullah is responsible for a spate of cross-border ambushes against the Pakistani security forces.
Despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s hollow expression of solidarity with Malala Yousufzai, his henchmen have rebuffed the Pakistani demand to act against Fazlullah. This gives credence to the strong believe in Pakistan that Karzai is running with the foxes and portraying his hunt with the hounds.
The Pakistan government has refuted the governor of Kunar Fazlullah Wahidi claim that Pakistan has not shared any evidence to prove its claim about the presence of the fugitive commander in Afghanistan.
The Karzai administration was in a state of denial about Fazlullah’s presence, despite the fact Pakistan has provided credible information about his specific locations.
The governor of Kunar and the Afghan intelligence agencies have been providing support to Mullah Fazlullah.
In a role reversal, Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq on October 24 made the charge against Fazlullah Wahidi, the governor of Kunar.
“I don’t think it’s the policy of the Afghan government but there are people in the Afghan set-up who support Fazlullah because without their total support it will not be possible for the TTP men to move so freely there. The governor of Kunar has actually declared jihad against Pakistan Army”.
Nato has made flimsy excuses telling Pakistan military officials recently that their forces could not take out Mullah Fazlullah because he operates from Nuristan and Kunar provinces which had fallen to the Afghan Taliban in 2009 after the withdrawal of the US allied forces from their forward bases there.
The litany of excuses included the NATO excuse that US and Nato would have to shift 40 percent of their military assets to eastern Afghanistan to fight Fazlullah and other militants.
The Pakistani security establishment, while insisting that Kabul was protecting Fazlullah, cited a June 2012 interview of the Nuristan police chief, Ghulamullah Nooristani, to substantiate his claim. The Reuters quote Nooristani in its June 27, 2012 report as saying:
“There are no signs that anyone intends to eliminate Fazlullah, even though he is creating havoc for people there, charging illegal taxes, stealing supplies from trucks and sometimes killing drivers. We can’t attack them because they are armed with light and heavy weapons, which are much better than ours. We will only be able to destroy their stronghold if we get support from the central government in Kabul or from the coalition forces.”
Afghanistan’s refusal to move against Mullah Fazlullah while denying his presence on the Afghan soil clearly seems to be a tit for tat move.