A peace deal between Pakistan and the Taliban will bring the country's troubled Swat valley under Islamic Sharia law, the BBC reports. The agreement "was reached after realization that it was the demand of the people," a regional official says. Since a violent Taliban campaign to impose Sharia began in 2007, thousands of residents have fled the region, once a popular holiday destination, and hundreds of schools have been destroyed.
"The recommendations and proposals have been finalized, but they can only be implemented after peace is achieved," says the provincial official, who claims that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has "in principle ... approved this package."
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