09 Jan '18, 11pm

Pakistan frees jihadist leader behind deadly uprising

A Pakistani court has freed Sufi Mohammed, a radical cleric who has backed the Taliban and was responsible for the group’s uprising and rebellion in Swat and neighboring districts in northwestern Pakistan a decade ago. His son-in-law is Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The Peshawar High Court granted Mohammed bail after he petitioned the court and claimed that “his health is deteriorating with each passing day,” Dawn reported . Mohammed led the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammed (TNSM), or the Movement for the Enforcement of Mohammed’s Law, a Taliban-like group that operated in the Malakand Division, a region in northwestern Pakistan. He recruited thousands of fighters to battle US forces in Afghanistan in the early 2000s. The Musharraf government banned the TNSM and placed Mohammed under arrest, but he was released in late 2007 to ne...

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