- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

ISLAMABAD (AP) - An aide to Pakistan’s president says he has signed a regulation imposing Islamic law in a militant-plagued northwest valley.

The government is agreeing to an Islamic justice system in the Swat Valley in exchange for peace with the Taliban.

President Asif Ali Zardari signed off on the rule Monday night after members of the National Assembly urged him to do so in a unanimously backed resolution.

His spokeswoman Farahnaz Ispahani confirmed the signing.

The deal has upset human rights activists and worried Western officials who fear Swat will become a militant sanctuary.

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