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Taliban Leaders, Pakistani Authorities Discuss Peace Deal

PESHAWAR -- Taliban leaders have discussed a permanent peace deal with authorities in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province.

Cleric Sufi Mohammed persuaded his son-in-law, militant Mullah Fazlullah, to accept the imposition of Islamic Shari'a law in the region’s volatile Swat Valley in exchange for a Taliban-imposed cease-fire, a lift on the ban on girls' education, and a police presence in the area.

Separately, Taliban leader Malawi Rezwanullah told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that Taliban leaders in Swat Valley will not agree to a peace deal that does not include the complete withdrawl of government troops from the region.