Islamists group to meet Taliban’s Pakistan chief (Lead)

February 18th, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanIslamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) An Islamist group, which held a march in Pakistan’s Swat Valley Wednesday, has left for Matta to meet Taliban’s Pakistan chief Maulana Fazlullah for restoration of peace in the region.
Tahrik-e-Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi’s chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad said that he would return from Swat only after having achieved the objective of restoring peace and disarming the insurgents in the region.

Senior North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) Minister Bashir Bilour held a meeting with Muhammad. They reiterated that efforts for the restoration of peace would continue, Geo TV reported Wednesday.

A large number of people on foot and vehicles thronged for the Tahrik-e-Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi peace march led by Maulana Sufi Muhammad, a media report said.

The Taliban group has entered into a deal with the government to implement Shariat laws in parts of Pakistan’s troubled northwest.

Maulana Sufi Muhammad is heading a delegation that would meet Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah, who is also his son-in-law, a media report said Tuesday.

Maulana Sufi Muhammad would remain in Swat till the restoration of calm, the report quoted the TNSM spokesperson Ameer Izzat Khan as saying.

He said that Muhammad would hold public gatherings in the valley to persuade the people, particularly those who had picked up arms, to stop fighting after the government Nizam-e-Adl regulation had been promulgated.

Muhammad and the North West Frontier Province government Sunday signed an agreement to enforce Shariat laws in Malakand division, which comprises Swat and its adjoining areas bordering Afghanistan.

Following the agreement, the insurgents announced a 10-day ceasefire in the insurgency-hit Swat Valley, once Pakistan’s most popular holiday destination.

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