Pak Affairs

Swat peace accord to be discussed in Parliament: PM

MULTAN: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said here Saturday that the Swat peace accord would be discussed in the Parliament to evolve a consensual national strategy. He was talking to media after performing ground?breaking of the up-gradation of Multan Airport to be completed at a cost of Rs 4.5 billion.

Secretary Defence Lt Gen Syed Athar Ali, Director General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Commodore Junaid Amin and other high?ranking officers were also present on the occasion. Replying to a question the Prime Minister said the assassination of three Baloch leaders was extremely condemnable act. He said:

“Let us wait for the judicial commission’s report in this regard”,

To another question,he said that as he had earlier stated drone attacks were not likely in Balochistan. As for drone attacks on FATA and other areas, he said these had proved counter?productive and the government had been pressing for an end to such raids. Responding to a question about some Pakistani students’ arrest in the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister said that the matter was being investigated and it was premature to say anything about it.

According to Pakistani President Asif Zardari will sign an order implementing Sharia law in Swat valley only once peace there is fully restored, his office says. President Zardari’s spokesman said that this would require the laying down of arms by Islamic militants. Meanwhile, pro-Taleban cleric Sufi Mohammad has arrived in the Swat valley to try to convince local Taleban leaders to agree to the deal. Locals have largely welcomed it but critics say it is unacceptable. Sufi Mohammad is the father-in-law of Maulana Fazlullah, the current head of the Taleban in Swat.

While Amir Jamat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan underscored need for building pressure on President Zardari to sign the peace deal for Swat. Addressing faithful at Friday prayers at Jamia Mansoora, Munawar Hasan said ANP and Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman should part ways with the government if it fails implement Swat peace agreement. He claimed that the Indian intelligence agencies and Indian consulate at Pak-Afghan border are involved in terrorist activities in the country. Amir JI said Indian hand could not be ruled out in the killing of Baloch leaders and attack on Sri Lankan team.

With Input from Agencies

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