Assault on militants is halted

From Times Wire Reports

Government security forces have halted an operation against militants in the country’s volatile northwest to try negotiating peace through tribal elders, officials said.

Tariq Hayat, chief administrator for the Khyber tribal area, said tribal leaders had agreed in principle to conditions that include handing over 16 wanted men. A tribal council also is mediating between authorities and militant leader Mangal Bagh.

“Security forces will remain in the area” while negotiations proceed, Hayat said.