|Anwar Kamal on the left. Pic courtesy Abrar Kamal Marwat|
The question as I read the odd obituary on his life was why didn't more people know about him?
Born on 19th November, 1947 he rose to become the deputy organiser of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Periodically winning and losing elections from his home town.
It was however after the ouster of Nawaz Sharifs second government that he came into his own. In the 2002 elections, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa he survived the MMA sweep in the province and was elected to the assembly.
This time in opposition started his gradual suspicion of the rising power of the Taliban. Organising the locals in the form of a lashkar he actively worked to limit their spread in his home town.
He spoke to the Telegraph about his dealing with the Taliban and colourfully said "I told the Taliban in traditional language, the next time I see a Talib on my land I am going to screw him as hard as I can" His militia was to show them no mercy and paid a heavy price for the stand they took.
His parent party, Nawaz Sharifs PML-N did not feel the need to support in this lonely fight. Despite this abandonment, he turned down offers to join other political partys and stuck by Nawaz Sharif.
So why was he ignored by his party, the media and the people at large? Perhaps because of his uncompromising nature, perhaps because he did not see conservatism and neo-Taliban ideology as compatible. Perhaps because he did not see abandoning territory to extremists as a default position. Perhaps more importantly he felt, unlike so many other, that the people of those blighted areas under constant attack were worth fighting for? Or perhaps because he was in a league of his own?
1) Anwar Kamal Khan Marwat: Senate http://www.senate.gov.pk/ShowMemberDetail.asp?MemberCode=289&CatCode=0&CatName=
2) Pakistan chieftain hunts down Taliban http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/3047132/Pakistan-chieftain-hunts-down-Taliban.html
3)Frontier electioneering in Pakistan: Guardian.co.uk