By Shaheen Buneri
MINGORA, Jan 25: Maulana Fazlullah, Taliban commander in restive Swat Valley of North Western Pakistan while issuing a list of the names of 40 political and social leaders on his illegal FM Radio here on Sunday has warned that these people immediately appear before his Shariah court for a trial otherwise a strict action would be taken against them.
Delivering a speech on his pirated Radio after the break of two and half months, Maulana Fazlullah said that these political and social figures were responsible for all the destruction in Swat Valley hence they should appear before Taliban court in upper Swat valley to clarify their position.
"These are the people who encouraged military operation in the area and are responsible for the killings of both Taliban and civilians", The Taliban leader explained in his live broadcast to hundereds of listeners in the conflict-ridden valley.
The list include names of former and present federal and provincial ministers, Members National Assembly, Members of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Provincial Assembly, local landlords and office bearers of different secular political parties.
Some of those who were issued warnings include Muhammad Afzal Khan Lala, former federal Minister and senior Pashtun nationalist leader, Shujaat Ali Khan, Former provincial minister, Ayub Khan Ashari, provincial minister, Waji Ali Khan, Provincial minister, Amir Muqam, former federal minister and present Member National Assembly, Dr. Shamshir Ali, Member Provincial Assembly, Shir Shah Khan, Member provincial Assembly, Waqar Khan, Member Provincial Assembly, Muzafar-ul-Mulk, Member National Assembly, Colonel ® Munir, Jamal Nasir Khan, District Administrator Swat and Dr.Haider Ali, Member provincial Assembly.
The warning has also been issued to local landlords and workers of different secular parties mainly Pashtun nationalist Awami National Party and their family members.
Sources privy to Taliban say that senior Taliban leadership has been working to finalize the list for the last one month. Sources add that these political figures encouraged government to deploy forces in Swat and bring destruction to people. They were also involved in anti-Taliban propaganda.
Since October, 2007 more than 40,000 Pakistan Security Forces are fighting against the militants of Maulana Fazlullah in different parts of the picturesque valley, howver they have yet to subdue a raising tide of Taliban militancy in the region.
Locals say that from Matta sub-division in upper Swat valley to Kabal sub-division close the main Mingora town Taliban have established 'Shariah courts", where they openly administer punishment to people who dared to voilate their strict code of conduct.
Officials say that a heavy contingent of fresh security forces have now been deployed in different government buildings in and around Mingora town, the administrative capital of the district to discourage Taliban influence to the main urban centres.
However a few weeks back Taliban militants killed a number of people in Mingora town and then left their dead bodies in the main Green Squre of Mingora city to show to other people to learn a lesson.
More than 170 educational institutions also destroyed in the conflict between Pakistan security forces and Taliban militanst over the last 14 months.
Swat Valley is an idyllic valley and prime tourist detinationa in North Western Pakistan and home to hunderds of centuries old Buddhist archeological sites.