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Cleric demands release of prisoners

As Pakistan’s militants lay down their arms in the troubled Swat Valley, they have demanded that the government keep up its side of the bargain and end fighting as well as release prisoners, reports Kamal Siddiqi.

world Updated: Feb 24, 2009 00:00 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

As Pakistan’s militants lay down their arms in the troubled Swat Valley, they have demanded that the government keep up its side of the bargain and end fighting as well as release prisoners.

Maulana Sufi Muhammad, the head of the Tehreek Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi, the religious organisation which has signed a deal with the Pakistan government, demanded on Monday that militants arrested in the past year be released as per the agreement and that the ongoing military action be halted in the Swat Valley.

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(With inputs from agencies)