Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Swat Deal May Harm Afghan’s Security

Kabul: Afghanistan has said its own security could be hurt by a deal between the Pakistan Government and the Taliban militants to impose Islamic law in the Sawt Valley.

President Asif Ali Zardari signed a regulation on Monday imposing sharia on Swat, a picturesque valley in northwest Pakistan, as part of a deal to end violence from the Taliban guerrillas.

Afghanistan, fighting its own insurgency against the Taliban, has long been worried that success by the Taliban in Pakistan could embolden the militants on both sides of the border.

“Since any deal with terrorist groups can have effects on the security of our own country and people, we ask the country of Pakistan to take into consideration the issue of security and its side-effects on relations between the two countries,” said Afghan presidential spokesman Humayun Hamidzada.

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