Pak Taliban: good news in 'one or two days' over Swat deal

Maulana Sufi Mohammad is talking to Maulana Fazlullah to accept the government's offer to instate Islamic law across large tracts of the northwest, including Swat.

Pak Taliban: good news in 'one or two days' over Swat deal

The Taliban said on Friday it would probably extend a ceasefire in Pakistan's Swat valley as its commander on Friday met his father-in- law, a cleric freed by the government to negotiate a peace.

Maulana Sufi Mohammad is talking to Maulana Fazlullah to accept the government's offer to instate Islamic law across large tracts of the northwest, including Swat.

"There's no difference," said Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan.

"Hopefully, you'll hear a good news in one or two days," he added, referring to the chances of a ceasefire being extended beyond the middle of next week.

Sufi Mohammad led a fight in 1994 in an effort to bring Islamic sharia law back to Swat.

When the two met at the Taliban stronghold in Matta village outside Mingora, the main town in Swat, Fazlullah handed over a list of demands.

"They met and discussed how peace will return here and what actions need to be taken for it," said Taliban spokesman Khan, adding that Mohammad was expected to make the Taliban's case to the government.

Taliban fighters now control most of the valley, just 130 km (80 miles) north of Islamabad.

Meanwhile, US got uneasy with Pakistani deal with with Islamists in the Swat valley region.

Richard Holbrooke, special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, had telephoned President Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari described the pact with the Islamists as an interim arrangement to stabilise the Swat region, Holbrooke said.


Reuters

Last Mod: 20 Şubat 2009, 17:02
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