US uneasy with Pakistani Islamic law deal over Swat

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

US uneasy with Pakistani Islamic law deal over Swat
The special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan said he called Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday and expressed "U.S. concern" over the deal.

U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke said in an interview with CNN that Zardari assured him the pact with Islamists was an interim arrangement to stabilize the Swat region north of the capital Islamabad.

Holbrooke returned to Washington this week after visiting Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as "part of his new role coordinating U.S. policy in the region."

The Pakistani government signed a pact with Islamists to introduce Islamic law in the northwestern Swat valley.

"I am concerned, and I know that Secretary (of State Hillary) Clinton is and the president is, that this deal which is portrayed in the press as a truce does not turn into a surrender," said Holbrooke. "President Zardari has assured us this is not the case."

Reuters
Last Mod: 20 Şubat 2009, 15:39
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