Breakthrough claimed in talks with Swat militants

The ANP-led NWFP government claimed on Tuesday that a breakthrough had been made in their talks with the Taliban militants in Swat. Awami National Party’s provincial chief Afrasiab Khattak told journalists that the next round of talks, to be held soon, was expected to lead to the signing of an agreement. Ali Bakht, a Taliban Shoora member, said: “Our main demands are enforcement of Sharia in Swat, withdrawal of troops from the area, release of prisoners taken into custody during the insurgency and compensation for affected families”.

Article: Breakthrough claimed in talks with Swat Militants
Author: Zulfiqar Ali
Publication: The Dawn

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