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Pakistan militants declare ceasefire

Pakistan militants declare ceasefire
AFP
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First Published: Tue, Feb 24 2009. 10 05 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Feb 24 2009. 10 05 PM IST
Peshawar: Pro-Taliban militants on Tuesday declared an indefinite ceasefire and vowed to release prisoners in Pakistan’s Swat valley, where they have fought for nearly two years to enforce sharia law.
The announcement came eight days after the government signed a controversial deal to accept Islamic law as the only system of justice in Swat.
The local government hailed the ceasefire as a step towards permanent peace in the troubled valley, where thousands of people have fled the violence, while the military stood by a decision last week to halt offensive action.
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First Published: Tue, Feb 24 2009. 10 05 PM IST