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Reports: Militants in Pakistan's Tribal Region Call Ceasefire

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Reports from Pakistan say pro-Taleban militants in a semi-autonomous tribal region bordering Afghanistan have called a month-long ceasefire.

The reports quote a man ,Abdullah Farah claiming to speak for the militants in North Waziristan as saying the attacks will stop if authorities agree to withdraw army troops from new checkpoints.

Pakistan is a key U.S. ally in the war against terrorism. It has been battling foreign militants and their Pakistani allies in South and North Waziristan for several years.

Taleban and al-Qaida militants have been using the rugged border dividing Afghanistan and Pakistan as their hideout. It is believed that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden also is hiding in the region.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has warned the militants to leave or risk being killed.

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