Pakistani Taliban stop troops from entering Swat valley 2009-04-25 17:00:09   Print

    ISLAMABAD, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban militants Saturday did not allow a convoy of security forces to enter their stronghold in Swat valley, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported on Saturday.

    A convoy of seven army trucks were stopped by armed Taliban at Qamabr, a small town of Mingora, the main city in Swat valley of North West Frontier Province, the news agency quoted Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan as saying.

    They feared that the security forces might launch fresh offensive, Muslim Khan said.

    Khan said the deployment of troops in Swat was against a deal signed in February to introduce Islamic laws in Swat and other areas in the northwest.

    There was no official reaction to the Taliban action to stop the army convoy from entering Swat.

    Sources say that the local authorities are in consultations with the Taliban leaders to convince them to allow the convoy to enter, according to the NNI.

    Official sources said the agreement had allowed free movement of the forces.

    Chief of the army staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday said the army was determined to root out the menace of terrorism and would not allow the militants to dictate terms to the government or impose their way of life.

    A group of Taliban militants who had entered Buner district from Swat, some 100 kilometers from capital Islamabad, withdrew on Friday following successful talks among the administration, Taliban and another outlawed group.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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