Military arrests 5 Talian leaders in Swat Valley

(11 Sep 2009)
FILE: Swat, April 17, 2009
1. Muslim Khan, Taliban spokesman speaking on cell phone, group of his folks with him
2. Shut up of Muslim Khan
3. Muslim Khan sitting on floor together with his folks
4. Mid of Muslim Khan
Islamabad, September 11, 2009
5. Stroll in shot of Rehman Malik, Inside Minister
6.Cutaways of cameramen
7. SOUNDBITE: (Urdu/English) Rehman Malik, Inside Minister:
” (Urdu) So far as associated to his (Muslim Khan) arrest , I need to clear one factor, once we began operation, it was our coverage from the start , no negotiation will occur of any kind. (English from right here) I repeat, no negotiation with the terrorists . His (Muslim Khan) arrest is in results of legislation enforcement motion it isn’t results of any argument or any dialogue or any however with this. (Urdu from right here once more) I need to clear one factor on terrorists and all the time has spoken, nonetheless you will have time ask forgiveness to Allah and give up as a result of they don’t have any different selection. (English from right here) Both they get killed or get arrested”.
8. Rehman Malik automobile leaves
Pakistani troopers arrested the spokesman for the Taliban within the Swat Valley and 4 different commanders, the navy introduced Friday, hanging its first main blow towards the management of the insurgency within the one-time vacationer resort.
The military gave few particulars, saying solely the arrests got here after a profitable operation in Swat. A neighborhood newspaper quoted a militant as saying among the males have been engaged in secret peace talks with the military once they have been detained, however the inside minister denied that.
The military launched an offensive within the scenic valley in Could after the Taliban seized management of the area which lies near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, and the place al-Qaida and the Taliban have lengthy held sway.
The navy claims to have killed greater than 1,800 insurgents in operations praised by the West, which had been involved nuclear-armed Pakistan lacked the desire to tackle militants, who’re additionally blamed for assaults on U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
However the failure to seize or kill Swat militant leaders had led to fears the insurgents might stage a comeback.
A military assertion mentioned Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan and commanders Mahmood Khan, Fazle Ghaffar, Abdul Rehman and Sartaj Ali had been arrested, however didn’t say when or the place. The primary two had bounties of 10 million rupees ($121,000) on their head.
Muslim Khan, who spent a number of years in the USA, incessantly known as media shops to say duty for assaults. In an interview with The Related Press in April, he mentioned that Osama bin Laden was welcome to remain within the valley. For the reason that offensive, he has hardly ever been quoted by the media.
The Information, a serious English-language day by day, reported that among the arrested males have been negotiating with the navy. It quoted a militant named Salman as saying the Swat Taliban had misplaced phone contact with 5 males in a delegation that was negotiating in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.
Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas declined to remark when requested in regards to the report.
Inside Minister Rehman Malik insisted the detainees have been held throughout a “legislation enforcement motion,” not lured by peace talks.
“This has been our coverage from day one once we began the operation that there will probably be no negotiations with the terrorists,” Malik mentioned. “They don’t have any different choice. Both they get killed or get arrested.”
The Taliban’s high commander in Swat, Maulana Fazlullah, continues to be on the run, although in July the military claimed to have wounded him in an airstrike.
There have been additionally unconfirmed studies in June that one other senior commander, Shah Doran, had been killed.

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