PESHAWAR: Maulana Fazlullah, chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Swat chapter, on Friday announced relaxation in the ban on girls’ education by allowing students to attend school up-to fourth grade.
In an interview with the BBC Urdu Service, he said the issue of girls’ education was being discussed by the Taliban Shura and the ban would be reviewed.“We are not against girls’ education. We are against obscenity and anti-Islamic practices. We want to create the right conditions so that girls could receive proper education,” he stressed.
Maulana Fazlullah, one of the most wanted men in Swat and believed to be hiding somewhere in the Matta area, defended beheadings and argued that this punishment for spies was in “accordance with Islamic teachings”.
In reply to a question, he said the military operations in Swat had intensified in recent days. However, he said the Taliban fighters had done their planning to retaliate. “The army should have started military operations to stop US drone attacks on Pakistan instead of bombing and shelling Swat and killing people,” he said.
Source: The News