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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2582

Taliban agree to lay down arms; banned display of weapons in Swat

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Peshawar, 15 April, (Asiantribune.com): After approval of the Nizam-e-Adl regulation bill by the Pakistani parliament and signed by President Asif Ali Zardari, militants have started showing willingness to lay down their arms by banning display of weapons in public.

Militants on Tuesday put ban on the display of any kind of weapon by anyone including their own activists in the public places including markets.

Talking to the media persons in Mingora (Swat) on Tuesday, spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Muslim Khan, said there will be no display of arms by the Taliban members in Malakand division.

He said they had taken up arms only for implementation of sharia and now when the government had signed the bill for its implementation militants have no desire for use of weapons.

He lauded the president for signing the sharia regulations and thanked him.

Meanwhile the chief of Tehreek-i-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM),

Maulana Sufi Mohammad has said that militants will soon lay down their arms after implementation of Nizam-e-Adl regulations in Malakand division.

The TNSM chief said that Dar-ul-Qaza (final appellate court) would be set up at the earliest under the Nizam-e-Adl regulation and then the Qazis (judges) would be appointed in eight districts.

He said all the Qazis (judges) would be appointed from Aman Dara Batkhela and soon a big peace rally would be held in Malakand division to restore people’s confidence.

Asian Tribune learnt that Dar-ul-Qaza (final appellate court) has been constituted by NWFP governor and the judges to all the Islamic courts will be appointed in consultation with the government besides there will be no compromise on their qualification as all the judges to be appointed will be highly qualified and would work within the rules and regulations.

- Asian Tribune -

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