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PublishDate: Sunday, March 8, 2009 10:43

Pakistan frees 12 Taliban militants in Swat valley

(Reuters)- Their release is likely to deepen concerns among Western countries which say the policy of making pacts with Islamists is tantamount to appeasement and emboldens the militants.
U.S. officials fear the deal in Swat may create another safe haven for al Qaeda and the Taliban on Pakistani soil.
The Taliban militants were released Saturday night after talks between North West Frontier Province (NWFP) authorities and representatives of the Taliban and the Islamists, officials said.
"It was one of the demands of the Taliban. It was a goodwill gesture. We have fulfilled it and we hope now they will play their part for peace," Syed Mohammad Javed, Commissioner of Swat, told Reuters.
The Pakistani government,

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