Helicopters back army and police in offensive against supporters of hardline cleric.
|“Later on we will hold negotiations with the government on establishing Islamic Sharia“
Shah Dauran, spokesman for Maulana Fazlullah
Shah Dauran, Fazlullah’s spokesman, confirmed on Monday the ceasefire was in place and that the two sides would exchange the bodies of those killed.
“Later on we will hold negotiations with the government on establishing Islamic Sharia [law]” in the region, he said.
Mohammed Ijaj, an official at Swat Hospital, said they had received 11 injured civilians overnight, and that all were in stable condition.
Over the weekend, the fighters had captured a police post in the nearby village of Charbagh.
Violence first erupted in Swat in July, when armed men mounted attacks on the army after troops stormed the Red Mosque in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.