Taliban leader Fazlullah vows new war in Pakistan

By REUTERS
October 21, 2011 05:46

 
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Afghanistan-based Taliban leader Maulvi Fazlullah has vowed to return to Pakistan to wage war in his former stronghold Swat Valley, and doubts the government is sincere about peace talks with militants.

"We sacrificed our lives, left our homes and villages for the sake of Sharia (Islamic Law) and will do whatever we can to get Sharia implemented in the Malakand region and rest of Pakistan," spokesman Sirajuddin Ahmad told Reuters, describing Fazlullah's position. He was answering questions submitted by Reuters.

The Taliban threat was issued as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top US military and intelligence leaders delivered a tough warning to Pakistan to crack down hard on militant groups, an issue heavily straining ties between the uneasy allies.

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