Sunday, February 22, 2009

Taleban consider Swat ceasefire

Taleban insurgents in the north-western Swat valley of Pakistan say they will announce whether a temporary ceasefire is to be made permanent within days.

The rebels told the BBC they would first review government progress on implementing Sharia law in the district - a key Taleban demand.

The government had earlier announced a "permanent ceasefire" with the rebels.

Swat, once one of Pakistan's most popular holiday destinations, has long been blighted by militant violence.

Taleban spokesman Muslim Khan told the BBC the rebels were reviewing government progress on the implementation of Sharia law.