Taliban fighters have agreed to a "permanent ceasefire" in exchange for strict Islamic law in a northwestern area of Pakistan.
The decision followed talks on peace in the Swat Valley between the government of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and a Taliban-linked group.
"They have made a commitment that they will observe a permanent ceasefire and we'll do the same," said Syed Mohammad Javed, the commissioner of Malakand, a region of NWFP which includes Swat.
Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Radio because he uses illegal FM radio to spread his message, is expected to confirm the ceasefire later.
"I can't say what he would say but there would be good news for people of Swat," Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said.
The announcement came a day after Fazlullah met his father-in-law, Maulana Sufi Mohammad, who was jailed in 2002 for leading thousands of men into Afghanistan to support the Taliban.
This is as good as auctioning off Pakistani province' to the Taliban. Giving them what they want will only spread. This is the easy option of giving in to them.
The repercussions of this on the Afghan/Pakistan border are going to side for the Taliban in favour, locals see them getting what they want- they've won.
We'll lose support from the local population because as usual they're going to side with the people that are winning, and in this case, to them it's going to look like the Taliban are winning.
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