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Pakistan, Tribal Elders Sign Deal With Taleban Militants in Border Region


Pakistani authorities and tribal elders signed a peace deal Monday with pro-Taleban militants in a troubled region bordering Afghanistan.

The deal was signed in the northwest tribal region of Bajaur, one of Pakistan's federally administered areas.

Under the deal, the militants agreed not to take part in what was termed "subversive activities." They also agreed not to give foreign militants safe haven and promised to act against those involved terrorism in the region.

Pakistani authorities, in turn, pledged not to make arrests without consulting the elders.

Pakistan signed a similar peace pact with pro-Taleban rebels in the South Waziristan area in 2005 and North Waziristan in 2006.

The United States and NATO officials in Afghanistan have criticized the previous deals, saying they did little to stop cross-border militant attacks.

The Pakistani government is under pressure to drive out extremists who fled to Pakistan's tribal areas after U.S.-led forces ousted the Taleban from Afghanistan in late 2001.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.