ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The government of Pakistan’s restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province Monday announced a bounty worth 10 million rupees (US$100,000) for information leading to the arrest or death of the Pakistani Taleban chief, officials said.
“The provincial government has set a bounty of RS 10 million for any information/help that can lead to the arrest or killing of Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah,” a senior official in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government told AFP, requesting anonymity.
He said the government in Pakistan’s restive northwest had prepared a list of 615 high profile militants and was offering a combined bounty of RS760 million (US$7.5 million).
The official said the list also includes Mengal Bagh, chief of Lashkar-e-Islam, a Taleban-linked militant group operating in the Khyber tribal district.
Mushtaq Ghani, the provincial information minister confirmed the bounty.
Meanwhile, the country’s parliament deferred voting on legislation regarding the establishment of military courts for terror-related cases until Tuesday, after the chief of a religious party objected to the contents of the national plan of action.
The bill will be presented in parliament on Tuesday for voting, after which military courts will be made legal. At present the military courts deal only with cases related to the military.