Swat Operation

And when they are told, "Do not spread corruption on earth," they answer, "We are but improving things!". Oh, verily, it is they, they who are spreading corruption but they perceive it not?. Al-Baqarah 11-12

The operation in Swat was a followup of the events of the havoc caused by Lal Masjid witnessed in Islamabad, both were Takfiris. These people are also showing the signs of the people reffered to as Kharijis in the sayings of Prophet Mohammad SAW, some of the sayings warning the Muslim ummah regarding the Kharijis are:

The Prophet [Peace be upon him]: said,

* On the authority of Abu Sa`id al-Khudri: "Verily in the wake of this time of mine comes a people who will recite Qur'an but it will not go past their throats. They will pass through religion the way an arrow passes through its quarry. They will kill the Muslims and leave the idolaters alone. If I saw them, verily I would kill them the way the tribe of `Aad was killed [i.e. all of them]."
* "A people will come out at the end of times, immature, foolish and corrupt. They will hold the discourse of the best of creation and recite Qur'an, but it will not go past their throats. They will passes through religion the way an arrow passes through its quarry. If you find them, kill them, for verily whoever kills them will have his reward from Allah the Day of Judgment."
* "There will be towards the end of time a people who will say to you what neither you nor your forebears ever heard before. Beware of them lest they misguide you and bring you confusion."
* "They will pass through Islam like an arrow passes through its quarry. Wherever you meet them, kill them!"
* Hazrat Ali(Radiallhu Anhu) narrated as follows: "I heard the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying that as the Day of Qiyamah approaches there will appear a group of youths with a low mental capacity and understanding, apparently they will talk of good but their Imaan will not go beyond their throat and they will leave the true Deen like an arrow leaves the prey. Wherever you find them, you should make Jihad with them. (Bukhari Shareef, pp/1024)

The local population was being terrorised by the local militants including some foreign militants to enforce Islam in the similar Lal Masjid style actions. The militants calling themselves Taliban killed any one who came in their way including beheadings, their other crimes included kidnapping for ransom, bank robbery and car snatching across the country. On the request of the city government the Army responded and an operation started in September 2007. The militants were being led by a local cleric called Mullah Fazlullah. Soon the militants suffered heavy losses during the operation and were on the run in the mountains.

The militants continued their hit and run tactics as they were being funded from accross the border by anti-Pakistan elements. Swat was still unstable and to bring peace to the area, in April 2009 shariah was enforced in the form of Nizam e Adal and peace deal. The 14 points of the peace deal were of such nature that the militants could not continue their activies, soon they crossed into the adjacent Buner district and started their old dirty tactics to implement their brand of Islam.

In the beginning of May 2009, TTP broke the peace deal following the beheading of two soldiers and other vandalisms as they were upset with the military operation which recently started against them in Buner district because of their infiltration. Fighting started again, this time the nation was taken into confidence and 'Operation Rah-e-Rast' started to slap TTP with a final defeat. By mid of May 2009 Pak Army achieved successes against the TTP and it was on the run and started fleeing the operation areas in garb of civil population by shaving their beards and cutting their hair.

Soldiers stand next to four dead militants killed in a shootout in Swat. 11 August 2009

Pak Army soldiers raise slogans on top of a hill in Chuprial, in the upper Swat Valley. 20 June 2009

Pakistani soldier takes aim in a hilly area of the Biha valley in upper Swat. 20 June 2009

Pakistani army soldiers patrol in the Biha valley following an intense operation against Khariji Taliban strongholds in the upper Swat Valley. 20 June 2009

Pakistani soldier stands with his heavy machine gun on a hill of the Biha valley in upper Swat. 20 June 2009

Solldier is seen inside a tunnel used by militants in Ghar-e-Hira camp in the upper Swat Valley. 20 June 2009

An injured Pakistani soldier lies on a stretcher surrounded by foreign media after returning from a military trip by helicopter in Mingora, the main town in Swat valley. 3 June 2009

Pakistani soldiers escort an injured resident in Khawazakhela after a failed suicide attack. 25 May 2009

Pakistan Army soldiers secure the troubled area of Damgar village on the outskirts of Swat valley. 6 October 2008

Soldiers patrol in troubled area of Damgar village after securing it from Khariji militants in Swat.

Troops patrol in troubled area of Damgar village after securing it in Swat valley. 6 October 2008

Pakistan Army soldiers secure an area in troubled town of Kanju in Swat valley.

Troops patrol in troubled area of Kanju in Swat valley. 30 September 2008

Soldiers stand ready next to their heavy 120mm Mortar during the operation in Swat.

Pakistan Army officers show a photo of the so called Islamic cleric and militant leader Mullah Fazlullah at a camp in Mingora.

Pakistani soldier runs through the snow on a strategic mountain top in Shangla.

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kiyani meeting with officers in Swat.

General Ashfaq Kiyani adresses the troops during his visit to Swat.

Pakistan Army soldiers at their postion during the operation.

A Para Military soldier in his prayers.

Pakistan army soldiers take over cleric Mullah Fazlullah's sprawling Imam Dheri complex in Mingora on Thursday. 6 December 2007

Pakistan army troops patrol a hilly area during military operations against militants in Swat. 6 December 2007

Pakistan Army soldiers determined to fight the criminals for maintaining peace in the area.