Sharia Alert. “Pakistan militants firm on Sharia,” by Syed Shoaib Hasan for the BBC News :
Pro-Taleban militants in Pakistan’s troubled northern district of Swat have told the BBC they will continue fighting until Islamic law is enforced.
Located near the country’s restive tribal area along the Afghan border, Swat has been the scene of recent clashes with the security forces.
The army last week sent reinforcements to the area.
The authorities say there are fears that the Swat valley is becoming a haven for al-Qaeda and the Taleban.
In Mingora’s main market there is popular support for demands made by militants that Islamic – or Sharia – law should be enforced.
But, most of all, local people expressed the desire that both sides resolve the issue peacefully through dialogue.
Dozens have been killed in clashes and suicide attacks in recent days, including militants, members of the security forces and civilians.
Last week the government launched an operation in the area against a powerful local pro-Taleban cleric, Maulana Fazlullah, who uses an FM radio station to broadcast calls for jihad, or holy war….
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