Pakistan provincial official signs document on implementation of Islamic law in Swat
The top official in northwestern Pakistan's provincial government has signed the summary of Nizam-e- Adl, a system of Islamic justice, on Monday, a major step for implementing Islamic law in the restive Swat valley, Xinhua reported.
Chief Minister of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Ameer Haider Khan Hoti signed the documents of Nizam-e-Adl agreement and sent it to the governor, private Geo TV channel said.
The summary will send to the president after approval of the NWFP governor. Then the Nizam-e-Adl will be implemented in Malakand division including Swat after president's signature.
Sufi Muhammad, founding chief of a religious group Tehreek-e- Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), has been mediating peace talks between local Taliban and government in a bid to persuade Taliban to lay down arms on the condition of the implementation of Shariah, or Islamic law, in Swat valley.
Sufi Muhammad set a deadline of March 15 for the government to set up Islamic courts and to release Taliban prisoners as agreed, otherwise he vowed to launch protests.
Local Taliban in Swat led by Maulana Fazlullah announced indefinite ceasefire in February, while the Pakistan army said that the military operation has been suspended.
Pakistan's security forces has been fighting with the Fazlullah- led militants in Swat valley since 2007. The violence in the region has killed more than 1,000 people.