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NATO Concerned About Pakistani Peace Deal


NATO says it is concerned about a peace deal between officials in northwestern Pakistan and Taliban sympathizers.

A NATO spokesman (James Appathurai) said Tuesday he does not doubt the good faith of the Pakistani government, but said he is concerned by a situation in which extremists would have a safe haven.

Pakistani officials in North West Frontier Province signed an agreement Monday with Sufi Muhammad, a militant leader who pledged to lay down arms in exchange for having Islamic law (Sharia) in Swat valley.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has praised the deal, saying it is in line with his government's policy of "dialogue, development and deterrence."

The U.S. government says it is awaiting further details from the Pakistani government on the situation.

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