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Islamic law within the framework of Pak: US

Observing that Islamic law is within the framework of Pakistan, the US has refrained from making any comment on the peace deal between Islamabad and a Taliban-linked group for enforcing Shariah law in the Swat Valley.

world Updated: Feb 18, 2009 22:56 IST

Observing that Islamic law is within the framework of Pakistan, the US has refrained from making any comment on the peace deal between Islamabad and a Taliban-linked group for enforcing Shariah law in the Swat Valley.

According to the peace deal, Pakistan has agreed to enforce Islamic law in this part of the country as part of a peace deal with the Taliban militants, who have announced a 10-day ceasefire.

"As I understand it, Islamic law is within the constitutional framework of Pakistan. So I don't know that that is particularly an issue for anyone outside of Pakistan to discuss, certainly not from this podium," State Department spokesperson Gordon Duguid told reporters, in response to a question on this issue.

Refraining from passing any comment on the peace deal with the Taliban militants, Duguid said the US is in touch with the Government of Pakistan on this issue.

"We are discussing the issue. But that's about all I have for you at the moment. We'll wait and see what their fuller explanation is for us," he said.

In the past, when former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf entered into a peace agreement with the militants in the tribal areas of the country bordering Afghanistan, the US at a later stage was very critical of such an pact.