Pak Taliban offer to release two Chinese engineers in exchange of 136 jailed militants

September 30th, 2008 - 11:41 am ICT by ANI  


Mingora (Pakistan), Sept 30 (ANI): The Pakistans unit of the Taliban Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) - have reportedly offered to released the two Chinese engineers, whom they had abducted earlier this month, in exchange for 136 jailed militants.

The extremists also declared a unilateral ceasefire in Swat till the third day of Eidul Fitr, but said that they would retaliate if attacked by Pakistani security forces.

Speaking to journalists on phone from an unspecified place on Monday, Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said that the kidnapped engineers of a private Chinese cellular company were safe in their custody, reported the Dawn.

Khan said that the Chinese embassy had been assured that the engineers would be set free as soon as the government released the 136 Taliban put in different jails.

The Taliban had rejected the draft Shariah regulations because they were not in accordance with the injunctions of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, he added.

The spokesman said that Sufi Mohammad would take a decision on the draft regulations after a thorough debate by the central Shura of Tehrik Talibans Swat chapter on the second day of Eid. He said that the Taliban could not guarantee peace in the region if the Shariah laws were not implemented. (ANI)

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