Terrorism, not Islam is Taliban's prime agenda: NWFP minister

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Peshawar, May 6 (ANI): Criticizing the Taliban for not abiding by the terms and conditions of the Swat peace deal, the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain has said the Taliban's only agenda is to spread terror and they have nothing to do with Islam or Sharia.

Addressing delegates in a ceremony at the Peshawar Law College, Hussain rejected reports about military offensive being carried out in the Swat Valley to flush out extremists saying the security forces are only reacting against the militants.

He also condemnedtheTehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Sufi Muhammad for taking pushing the aspirations of the extremists during peace talks resulting in the Swat accord.

"Sufi Mohammad wanted the government to yield to the agenda of militants and not willing to acknowledge people's aspirations," The News quoted Hussain, as saying.

He said the government is committed to implement the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation in Malakand division, and would initiate every necessary step to ensure that the regulation is implemented as soon as possible. (ANI)

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