Pakistan has been trying to justify its deal with the Taliban as Governor of NWFP Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai, who is responsible for running the affairs of the tribal areas, said that the deal was actually signed with tribesmen not with the Taliban. But the ground reality is that the deal was signed with the Taliban. Many observers here described this as a victory for the Taliban. According to them, with this deal, militancy and terrorism will further increase, but the authorities have not been accepting this. They are saying that a deal with Taliban in Afghanistan should also be signed as this is the only way to bring peace to the country. The most interesting part of the story is that a minister of the United Kindom also extended his support to the deal signed by Pakistan with the Taliban in North Waziristan Agency. The Minister was addressing a press conference in Peshawar, the headquarter of NWFP. But most of the people of tribal areas rejected the deal and described this development as a move to install a Taliban government in the tribal areas. According to them, if war was declared against the Taliban for their negative activities then it should be continued to its logical conclusion.
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