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Pak police arrest Fazlullah`s nephew

Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2010 - 20:03

Peshawar: A nephew of fiery Taliban leader
Maulana Fazlullah was arrested in the restive Swat valley in
Pakistan`s northwest, police said on Friday.

Qari Dost Muhammad, 23, was arrested with three other
suspected militants during a raid on a house in Pir Sabaq area
of Nowshera district in the North West Frontier Province,
police said.

Muhammad was living in the house with his aunt, sister
and other relatives.

Fazlullah, who is known as "Mullah Radio" for the fierce
sermons he once delivered on his illegal FM channel, fled to
Afghanistan after security forces captured his stronghold of
Imamdheri in Swat district last year.

Muhammad studied at various seminaries in Nowshera and
Swabi districts for the past 10 years and then served as the
imam in several mosques.

His aunt Razai Maa, who brought up Muhammad after his
mother died when he was young, said to a news agency that the security forces raided the house at midnight and seized all books and
documents from their home.

She said the family moved to Nowshera after security
forces launched operations against Taliban in Swat district.

She claimed Muhammad had "no connection whatsoever with
militants".

Muhammad was married two years ago and has a one-year-old
son. His father has been missing since the unrest began in the
Swat valley, she said.

PTI

First Published: Friday, February 26, 2010 - 20:03
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