Islamic scholars' input allowed

From Times Wire Reports

Pakistan's government has agreed to let judges consider advice from Islamic scholars in parts of the volatile northwestern tribal regions, officials said.

The decision marked a concession in peace talks aimed at ending conflict with Islamic militants along the frontier with Afghanistan.

Provincial officials negotiated with representatives of militant leader Maulana Qazi Faz- lullah. The two groups agreed to regulations allowing Islamic law to play a role in the Malakand and Swat areas.

"We are not introducing any new law," said Afrasiab Khattak, a senior official of the Awami National Party. "These will be the same courts like anywhere in Pakistan, headed by normal civil and district judges."

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