22 Feb 2009

Taliban to review ceasefire in Swat valley

7:22 am on 22 February 2009

Doubt has been cast over government talk of a permanent truce in the valley of Swat in northwest Pakistan.

Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah said on radio on Saturday he had heard the the government had announced a permanent ceasefire, but the ceasefire was 10 days and it would be reviewed after that.

The 10 days runs out on Wednesday.

The valley lies within the Malakand division of North West Frontier Province.

Years of fighting have resulted in 250,000 - 500,000 people leaving the area. Around 1200 people have been killed.

The government earlier offered to reinstate Islamic sharia law in Malakand if the Taliban agreed to peace.