US says Nizam-e-Adl regulation against human rights, democracy

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Washington, Apr 15 (ANI): The White House has said that the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation accord signed by the Pakistani Government with the Taliban to put certain parts of the country under Islamic law is against human rights and democracy.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama's Administration believed that "solutions involving security in Pakistan don't include less democracy and less human-rights.

"The signing of that denoting strict Islamic law in Swat valley goes against both those principles," the Daily Times quoted Gibbs, as saying.

"We are disappointed that parliament did not take into account legitimate concerns around civil and human rights," he added.

Meanwhile, the NWFP Government briefed United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry on the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation signed by President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday.

NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti led the briefing at the Frontier House, Peshawar.

The Chief Minister briefed Senator Kerry on the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation, saying that the provincial government's step "will not only result in provision of speedy justice to the people of Malakand but will also help in the establishment of peace and stability in the region."

Hoti also highlighted the ongoing development works being carried out in the province.

Senator Kerry later told reporters that the US drone attacks inside Pakistan were a complex issue, a private TV channel reported.

However, he said, the US was exercising caution in this regard. (ANI)

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