Taliban announces unilateral ceasefire in Pakistan’s tribal regionFebruary 24th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Feb 24 (Xinhua) A Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal region Bajaur has announced a unilateral ceasefire, a television channel reported Tuesday.
Maulana Faqir Mohammad, a local Taliban leader in Bajaur tribal agency, has made the announcement on the radio, Dawn News TV channel quoted sources as saying.
More than 1,000 people have been killed since July during the fighting between Pakistani security forces and the militants in the Bajaur agency on the Afghan border.
The announcement came as the Taliban group led by Maulana Fazalullah was considering a permanent ceasefire with the government in the restive northwestern Swat valley.
Last week, Taliban in Swat announced a 10-day ceasefire to review the peace deal after a Pakistani cleric signed an agreement with the government.
But the western countries fear that the deal will help provide safe haven for the Taliban and Al Qaeda extremists in the region.
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