Pakistan brokers security accord in tribal Waziristan
Contingents of Pakistan's military troops will remain in a strategically important northern region near the Afghan border after the government this week announced a crucial agreement with tribal militants to end a two-year-long military campaign.
Under the terms of this week's agreement, made public by the Pakistani authorities, tribes inhabiting an area known as north Waziristan have agreed to stop anyone heading to Afghanistan to join the resurgent Taliban. In return, the government has agreed to allow foreign militants living in the area to remain there as long as they refrain from conducting any offensive operations.
However, Major General Shaukat Sultan, head of the Pakistan military's information wing, clarified that the amnesty for foreign nationals did not cover key militant suspects such as Osama bin Laden. "Our commitment to the war on terror remains intact. Our position on Osama bin Laden remains unchanged," he told Jane's.