Taliban vows to turn Pak cities into battlefields after scrapping of Swat peace pact

June 10th, 2008 - 11:56 am ICT by ANI  

Lahore , June 10 (ANI): The Taliban has said that it would turn Pakistan s cities into battlefields after the government announced that the peace pact with the Swat militants has been scrapped.

In a TV interview, Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Maulvi Umar said yesterday that the Taliban had signed the truce with the NWFP government after careful consideration, and that they would adopt a new course of action after Rehman Maliks statement that the truce had been scrapped.

Earlier in the day, Prime Ministers Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik had said that following continued attacks by militants on security forces, the peace pact with the pro-Taliban militants in the Swat valley has been scrapped.

The Swat agreement is scrapped as the militants have continued their attacks on security forces, the Daily Times quoted Malik as saying while talking to a group of reporters in Islamabad .

The announcement comes a day after the Taliban militants killed four policemen in an ambush in Mattani, near Peshawar . The Taliban accused the government of not honouring its commitments under the deal.

The peace deal was inked last month between the extremists and the NWFP Government. Under the peace pact, the Taliban-inclined militants had agreed that they would refrain from attacking the security forces.

Earlier, Malik had reportedly said that escalating violence against government forces meant there was no point in continuing with the deal signed last month. The Interior minister… has admitted that there has been an escalation [in attacks]. And, that if the government did lose its patience and the militants in that area did not stop their activities then the deal would be off, he said. (ANI)

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