Thursday, March 20, 2008

Good morning, Pakistan!

Mullah Fazlullah is back on the air.

(Only he's getting jammed. Bwa-ha-ha.)

The illegal radio station of militant commander Maulana Fazlullah has resumed broadcasts in the Swat district of NWFP, BBC Urdu reported on Thursday. It said that official sources had confirmed that Fazlullah’s radio, after a closure of almost three months, was back on air with Fazlullah’s fiery speeches.

“The FM radio station has been broadcasting Fazlullah’s speeches for the last three days, but it has not yet been fully active,” a government official told the BBC on condition of anonymity.

The official said the government had improved the signal strength of the state-run Swat Radio, in order to disrupt and jam the frequency of its counterpart run by Fazlullah. Locals said that Fazlullah’s speeches were not audible, because of frequency disruption by the state-run radio station.

“An unknown person starts to make a speech loudly, at exactly the same moment when Fazlullah delivers his speech; thus making Fazlullah’s words inaudible,” one local said.

According to official sources, the illegal radio station resumed its broadcasts from Matta tehsil. They added that its exact location was being ascertained.