TALIBAN DEFIES PAKISTAN’S SOVEREIGNTY
Just a week after the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari signed, on 04/13/2009, a new law, which implements harsh Shariaa law in Malakand region and Swat Valley (see – Swat-Law), Taliban militants operating in Pakistan’s Swat District who agreed a peace deal with the government have expanded operations into nearby Buner Province.
Dozens of militants have been streaming into bordering Buner to take over Mosques and government offices. Under the deal the Taliban were expected to disarm.
Buner district is only about 100km (62 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.
Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister for North West Frontier Province, confirmed he had received reports of the Taliban expansion. “Even Sufi Mohammad has said that there is no reason for the Taliban not to disarm,” he added.
Recent reports said the Taliban had ransacked the offices of international aid and development agencies working in Buner. Some employees of the agencies were also briefly taken hostage before being released on Monday 04/20/2009.
The Taliban say they will not lay down their arms until Shariaa is fully implemented. Muslim Khan, a spokesman for the Swat Tehrik-e-Taleban, said his movement’s aim was the enforcement of Shariaa law in all of Pakistan.
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