37 cases filed against detained Taliban fighters in Pak
Last Updated: Friday, December 03, 2010, 14:12
Peshawar: Pakistani authorities have filed 37 cases in anti-terrorism and Islamic courts in the country's northwest against detained Taliban fighters charged under an anti-terrorism law, officials said on Friday.

The cases have been filed against Taliban commanders from Swat valley and their supporters, including Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi chief Sufi Muhammad and former militant spokesman Muslim Khan.

Sufi Muhammad and Muslim Khan have been named in five cases each, officials said.

Prosecutors have filed challans or chargesheets along with evidence in an anti-terrorism court and an Islamic court called the Darul Qaza, a government official said.

The hearing of these cases will start soon, he said. The Islamic courts were set up last year under a deal between the Taliban and authorities in Pakistan’s northwest.

The deal collapsed after Taliban fighters from Swat began moving into several districts located just 100 km from Islamabad.

The government then ordered the army to launch an operation to flush the militants out of Swat.

Commander Muslim Khan had served as a deputy to Maulana Fazlullah, the head of the Taliban in Swat.

The militants had established a parallel government in most parts of Swat and their courts often punished people with the death sentence.


First Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 14:12

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