Bangalore: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appealed to civilians held hostage by the Tamil Tigers to free themselves and escape to government-controlled zones as the rebels reiterated their call for a ceasefire.
“Your suffering is prolonged by this action of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who are holding you as a human shield for their own safety and security,” Rajapaksa said, according to a statement posted on Saturday on the website of Media Centre for National Security.
Pakistan forms Islamic appellate court
Islamabad: Pakistan has announced the creation of an Islamic appellate court for a segment of its north-west as part of a peace deal aimed at ending fighting between the security forces and Taliban militants.
The announcement came late on Saturday as Pakistani forces repelled a mass assault on an outpost in a tribal region, a clash that left 18 people dead and shook claims by Pakistan’s army to have regained control of the area.
Under the controversial peace deal struck in February, the government had agreed to impose Islamic law in the north-west’s Swat valley and nearby areas to end some two years of bloody fighting.