Taliban have no honor, children
Propaganda films obtained by The Sunday Telegraphin Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province, show boys of 14 or 15 recording farewell messages before climbing into vehicles filled with explosives.
Suicide bombings were extremely rare in Pakistan but have increased dramatically since the Taliban took control of Swat in the aftermath of a bungled government crackdown on extremists launched in 2007.
One film which Pakistanis have been watching with horrified fascination shows a boy of about 15, named in the video as Arshad Ali from Swat, who attacked a polling station after the Taliban banned voting last year.
Maulana Fazlulla is believed to be the commander chiefly responsible for the Taliban's strategy of using young suicide bombers. Last year he told Pakistani journalists: "I am so proud that our boys use their flesh and bones as a weapon for Islam".
On one of the videos he is heard to say: "A lot of people have given us everything for jihad, their homes, their money, their children too."
"They have ruined our Pushtun culture," one Peshawar businessman said. "They attack mosques at prayer times, murder elders, and recruit boys to kill themselves. All of this is forbidden in Islam."
The man did not want to give his name for fear of falling victim to the Taliban's assassination campaign.
"Not even in the bloodiest battles in the past have we seen this. It is the Arab al-Qaeda way of jihad. It is poisoning our lands."
One of the few leaders from Swat who is prepared to speak out against the Taliban is Riaz Khan, a political worker for the PML-N opposition party who described how the Taliban had taken over the valley. "The Taliban says to people, if you want to live here you will have to support us with money or give us one person from your family.
"I always had a soft corner of my heart for the Taliban because I thought that they were good Muslims and they were fighting against government injustice," said Mohammed Khan, a shopkeeper who lives in Islamabad.
"But when I saw men being slaughtered like beasts in executions, and boys going to kill themselves, I was shocked."
There have been growing signs in the past week of a new bitterness in the battle between the Taliban and the Pakistan government. The price on the head of Maulana Fazlulla was increased to 50 million rupees (£372,000) alive or dead, ten times the original bounty that was offered for him. In return, the Taliban have threatened new revenge attacks.
"They brainwash boys in madrassas. They prepare them mentally for suicide bombing. There has never been anything like this in Swat before – before this the people of Swat were religious but peaceful."
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May Allah pitty them.