Pakistan announces rewards for Taliban chief, 10 other

Other News Materials 28 June 2009 15:53 (UTC +04:00)

Pakistani government Sunday announced rewards for tips leading to the capture alive or dead of 11 Taliban leaders and commanders, including Pakistan Taliban chief Baitulalh Mehsod, Xinhua reported.

A reward of 50 million rupees ( one U.S. dollar is approximately equal to 80 rupees ) for information about Baitullah Mehsod, chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, has been announced in a newspaper advertisements Sunday.

Maulvi Faqeer Muhammad, Taliban deputy chief, based in Bajaur tribal region, carries a reward of 10.5 million rupees.

A bounty of 10 million rupees each has been announced for Hakeemullah Mehsod, deputy to Baituallah Mehsod and important commander  Qari Hussain who is considered to be the teacher of suicide bombers.

Abdul Wali, a senior Taliban commander in Muhmand tribal Agency, carries 10.4 million rupees.

Informers will get 10 million rupees each for information about two other Taliban commanders Qari Shakeel and Commander Tariq.

There are also other four commanders whose informers will get 5 million rupees rewards.          

The advertisement from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) government said innocent Muslims and their children are killed due to the bloody activities of the wanted militants leaders. Their inhuman, condemnable and cruel actions not only defame Pakistan but also disrepute the Muslims across the world.

Last month the NWFP government had also announced rewards for information leading to the arrest alive or dead for 21 militants of Swat valley of NWFP , including its chief Maulana Fazalullah.

In March, the U.S. State Department had also offered a 5 million U.S. dollars reward for information on Baitullah Mehsod, who the government claims is linked to the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.