Pakistan army to hold fire in Swat: Official

February 17th, 2009 - 2:55 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanIslamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Pakistan’s army Tuesday decided to hold fire and respect an agreement signed between the government and militants to enforce Islamic law in the violence-hit Swat valley, a media report said.

“The army works on the government’s orders. The government has given it orders to hold fire. The army will not take any offensive action,” Geo TV quoted chief military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas as saying.

The army will “certainly” respect the agreement, he said.

“The army went there (Swat) at the request of the government. Whenever the government feels normalcy has been restored and the writ of government has been re-established, it will leave,” he added.

Pakistan has signed a major peace deal with a Taliban-linked outfit that will lead to the enforcement of Shariat laws in parts of the country’s northwest including the Swat Valley.

President Asif Ali Zadari made the dramatic concession after meeting Sunday officials of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), vast parts of which have been virtually taken over by the Pakistani Taliban.

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