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Malakand Taliban willing to reconcile if Pak Govt ensures 'true Shariah' implementation

Peshawar, Thu, 06 Oct 2011 ANI

Peshawar, Oct 6(ANI): Maulana Fazlullah-led militants have agreed to negotiate with the Pakistan Government on the condition that it ensures the implementation of 'true Shariah' in the country's Malakand division.


Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had said recently that his administration was ready to hold negotiations with all militant groups in the tribal belt along the Afghan border.


"Our fight against the government is for the implementation of Shariah in Malakand and if the government ensures us of true Shariah, we are willing to lay down arms and forget even the blood of slain colleagues mercilessly executed by the security forces," The News quoted Sirajuddin Ahmad, a spokesman for the Malakand Taliban militants and close aide of Maulana Fazlullah, as saying.


Sirajuddin, who telephoned the newspaper from somewhere in Afghanistan, probably Kunar or Nuristan, welcomed Gilani's recent statement about peace talks with militant groups, the report said.


The Taliban spokesman, however, added that they would not hold any peace talks with the Awami National Party-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, saying that it has lost its credibility during previous rounds of peace negotiations with them for implementing Shariah in Malakand.


Also, he said that the ANP government had deceived the Taliban by arresting a leading five-member Taliban delegation invited for talks in Swat.


When asked as to how they would hold direct talks with the federal government, Sirajuddin said that the government had already taken their high-level five-member delegation in its custody and they could meet the arrested delegation members in jail, whenever they wanted. (ANI)


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