Pakistan militants ink new dealMay 29th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by admin
Islamabad, May 29 (ANI): NATO is alarmed at deals between militants and the Pakistan Government. Another pro-Taleban militant group in Pakistan’s has signed a peace deal in the tribal region near the Afghan border, local officials say.
They say that the deal is the latest in a series of agreements orchestrated by the country’s new government as it tries to end extremist violence.
A similar deal was signed last week in North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
Officials say the latest deal includes a pledge from militants not to target the army of government officials.
Deals with militants in NWFP and in Pakistan’s tribal areas have been criticised by the US and Nato, who say that such agreements provide them with safe areas from which to attack Western troops in Afghanistan.
According to the BBC, the latest talks - in the Mohmand tribal agency - are part of ongoing negotiations between local administrations of tribal districts and the militants.
The immediate fall-out of the latest talks has been the release of several Safi tribesmen held by the local administration under the law of collective responsibility.
This law stipulates that the entire tribe is responsible for the actions of its individual members.
The Taleban have in return released a World Health Organisation polio- monitoring officer, Dr Shahid, who was kidnapped by militants in the area last week. (ANI)
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