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Pakistani cleric warns of quitting peace move

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 26, IRNA - A top Pakistani cleric, who brokered a peace deal between the government and the Taliban-linked militants in the country’s northwest, warned Tuesday to quit the peace process if the deal was not fully implemented.

Islamic courts were set up in the insurgency-hit Swat under the deal but Chief of Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), Maulana Sufi Muhammad said that he is not satisfied with the government’s arrangements for the implementation of the Islamic judicial system.

He said ‘Qazis’ or judges have no powers which are necessary for the enforcement of law and they have only given few verdicts in very minor cases.

He said that the Government should take practical steps for the implementation of the Islamic judicial system known as ‘Nizam-i-Adal Regulations’.

The 18-month of fighting in Swat valley, which claimed lives of hundreds of people, was ended after the deal was struck last month.

Fighting had displaced hundreds of thousands of people, schools and government offices closed and business was badly affected. Police had also refused to work as many were killed and kidnapped by the militants.

Taliban, led by Maulana Fazalullah, and the security forces announced ceasefire shortly after the deal was signed.

“If the government does not act accordingly, we will leave Swat and the government will be responsible for any circumstances,” Sufi warned.

“We want the removal of all un-Islamic laws,” he said, adding delay in the posting of more Qazis and implementation of Sharia is against the peace deal.

“Regular judges are still working in the courts and they do not have the right to come to the Islamic courts and deliver Sharia verdicts.”

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