Taliban using 2,000 civilians as human shield in NWFP: ISPR

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Islamabad, May 5 (ANI): The Taliban are using at least 2,000 civilians as human shields in the Buner region of Pakistan's orth West Frontier Province (NWFP).

In an interview to state run PTV, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Athar Abbas said the Taliban is holding civilians hostage in the Peer Baba and Sultan Was areas of the region.

"People have been trapped in these areas and facing difficulties due to the activities of Taliban," the Daily Times quoted Major General Abbas, as saying.

Talking about the military offensive against the Taliban in the province, he said the operation would be extended to other areas after the security forces consolidate their position in the Daggar region.

When asked about the 'broken' Swat peace deal, Major General Abbas said the accord was intact from the government's side, and charged the Taliban with violating the terms and conditions of the deal.

"Kidnapping of security officials is an open violation of the agreement.Neither our religion nor our culture allows killing prisoners and throwing their bodies on streets," he added. (ANI)

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