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Spokesman: Pakistan not scrapping peace deal with local Taliban
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15:20, June 10, 2008

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A Pakistani Interior Ministry spokesman on Tuesday denied ending peace deal signed by the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) with local Taliban.

"Swat peace deal is not scrapped, it is still intact," local private Dawn TV quoted Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema as saying.

Earlier, senior minister of the NWFP Bashir Bilor said the peace deal with the local Taliban in Swat valley did not end.

The Interior Advisor to Prime Minister Rahman Malik said on Monday that the Pakistani government had scrapped the peace deal with the local Taliban in the volatile Swat Valley.

Malik's statement has caused sharp response from local militants in Pakistan tribal regions.

Maulvi Umar, a spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban, or Pakistan Taliban Movement, reportedly said that the militants would turn cities of settled areas into battlefields if the government scraps its truce with them.

The deal was signed by the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) with local Taliban, and Malik denied having said the peace deal was scrapped, Cheema said.


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