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Qazi courts set up in Mohmand

July 15, 2008

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GHALANAI, July 14: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has set up Qazi courts in four places in the Mohmand tribal region.

Taliban spokesman Dr Assad told Dawn on Monday that the Qazi courts had been set up to settle disputes in accordance with Sharia.

He said that Mohammad Ziad had been appointed chief Qazi. Other Qazis would be named later.

He said the courts had been established in Pandialai, Khwezai, Lakaro and Dawezai.

Taliban have established similar courts in the adjacent Bajaur agency.

Meanwhile, three people were kidnapped in Yakka Ghund tehsil of lower Mohmand tribal region on Monday.

Officials identified the three as Hasrat, Khwaja and Saleh Mohammad, of Shall Koroona village, but had no idea about motive for the kidnapping.

Assistant political agent Mushtaq Khan said an investigation was underway.

US SPY PLANES: US spy planes violated Pakistani airspace a couple of times on Monday and returned after flying over Sheikh Baba, Suran Darra, Churtanna and other localities for some time.