FRONTLINE/World [home]

Search FRONTLINE/World

FRONTLINE/World Dispatches

Editors' Notes




Editors' Notes

Pakistan Blog



recent posts

Interview With Sharmeen Obaid-Chinnoy

Pakistan's Taliban Generation

Bangladesh: The Mystery of a Mutiny

Afghanistan: A Hard Fight

Cambodia: Confronting Its Past

Pakistan: An Unsettling Peace

Zimbabwe: A Harsh Reality

Virtual Gitmo: Human Rights in Second Life

At Siemens, Bribery Was Just a Line Item

Mumbai: Eyewitness to the Attack



April 2009

March 2009

February 2009

January 2009

December 2008

November 2008

October 2008

September 2008

August 2008

July 2008

June 2008

May 2008

April 2008

March 2008

February 2008

January 2008

December 2007

November 2007

October 2007

September 2007

August 2007

July 2007

June 2007

May 2007

April 2007

March 2007

February 2007

January 2007

December 2006

November 2006

October 2006

September 2006

August 2006

July 2006

June 2006

May 2006

April 2006

March 2006

February 2006

January 2006

December 2005

November 2005

October 2005

September 2005

August 2005

July 2005

June 2005

May 2005


RSS Feeds

Pakistan: An Unsettling Peace

Maulana Fazlullah

Just a few days after U.S. special envoy Richard C. Holbrooke finished touring Pakistan's strategic Swat valley, the Pakistan government struck a surprising deal with the Taliban, which has taken control of most of the region. The agreement lays out that government forces and Taliban militants will stop fighting in return for putting the region under strict Islamic law called Sharia.

A year ago, FRONTLINE/World correspondent David Montero reported from Swat in our broadcast story "State of Emergency," and provided an early warning about the growing power of the Taliban in Swat under a mysterious leader, Maulana Fazlullah, also known as the "radio mullah." As Montero's report reveals, Fazlullah has waged a particularly violent campaign to impose extreme Islamic law on Swat valley, which was a popular tourist destination before the Taliban took over.

Tragically, Montero just learned that Musa Khan Khel, a reporter who had worked with him in Swat, was murdered there yesterday covering a march by supporters of the Taliban. The New York Times reported that Khel broke away from the march late in the day apparently hoping to get an exclusive interview with Fazlullah.