Ex-GOC says MMA supported rise of Fazlullah ISLAMABAD: As the military mulls a permanent presence in Swat, the man who led the military operation to rid the valley of the Taliban has claimed that the provincial government at the time had patronised the violent extremists who later tried to install their own government there.
“The absence of justice created Fazlullah. He was patronised by the Muttahidda Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), who figured that ‘enlightened’ Musharraf could dissolve their government at any time. So they backed Fazlullah,” said ex-GOC Swat, retired Maj-Gen Ijaz Awan.
The MMA was a coalition of right-wing religious parties that included the Jamaat-i-Islami, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), JUI-S and the Islami Tehreek, among others, that ruled the province from 2002 to 2007.
Dr Nazir Hussain from Quaid-i-Azam University’s School of Politics and International Relations carried out a critical appraisal of the National Action Plan (NAP), saying that thus far, there had only been progress on six to seven of the 20 points contained in the plan. Activation of apex committees, the constitution of military courts and the death sentences to terrorists and the ongoing Karachi operation were some of the successes he mentioned.