US seeks ‘explanation’ from Pak on Taliban peace deal

As international concern grew over Pakistan signing a peace deal with a Taliban-linked group for enforcing Shariah law in the restive NWFP,including Swat Valley,the US has said it will seek a 'fuller explanation' from Islamabad on the issue.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: February 18, 2009 1:11:48 pm

As international concern grew over Pakistan signing a peace deal with a Taliban-linked group for enforcing Shariah law in the restive NWFP,including Swat Valley,the US has said it will seek a “fuller explanation” from Islamabad on the issue.

“We are discussing the issue. But that’s about all I have for you at the moment. We’ll wait and see what their fuller explanation is for us,” State Department spokesperson Gordon Duguid told reporters in response to a question on this issue.

According to the peace deal,Pakistan has agreed to enforce Islamic law in the tribal areas in North West Frontier Province as part of a peace deal with the Taliban militants,who have announced a 10-day ceasefire.

“As I understand it,Islamic law is within the constitutional framework of Pakistan. So I don’t know that that is particularly an issue for anyone outside of Pakistan to discuss,certainly not from this podium,” Duguid said.

In the past,when former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf entered into a peace agreement with the militants in the tribal areas of the country bordering Afghanistan,the US at a later stage was very critical of such a pact. However,the agreement failed to yield the desired results.

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