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Swat's Mullah Fazlullah captured?


Mullah Qari Fazlullah: captured?

The Telegraph is reporting that Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah has been captured and an announcement of the surrender of his forces has been announced:

The Taliban has announced its surrender in Swat Valley, one of its major strongholds until a Pakistan Army offensive regained control earlier this summer.

Its announcement, made on one of its pirate radio stations, came as its charismatic leader Maulana Fazlullah was reported to be surrounded by Pakistani troops, and there were claims that he had in fact already been arrested.

According to the Telegraph, Pakistani intelligence sources said his capture would be announced early next week.

There are no reports of Fazlullah's capture in the Pakistani press. His capture would certainly be frontpage news. The closest thing available at the moment is this report from Dawn published yesterday, which said Fazlullah was surrounded.

There have been plenty of false reports of Fazlullah's death and capture over the past several months. But the arrests of his spokesman/military commander Muslim Khan, military commander Mahmood Khan, and three other shura members earlier this week indicate that the Pakistani military may be closing in on Fazlullah.