Pakistani troops surrender to Taliban fighters
Forty-eight captured Pakistani paramilitary troops were paraded today by Taliban fighters in the northern Pakistani district of Swat. Though the Pakistani Army has refused to confirm the reports, there are increasing reports from the region that the soldiers were forced to surrender on a hill-top when they were surrounded by the taliban on all sides. More than 2,500 paramilitary troops were sent to Swat last week as fighting in the area worsened. All the troops were shabbily dressed, wearing clothes given to them by the militants. Most said they dumped their uniforms somewhere in the fields or gave them to the militants. "I surrendered because I realised that I was only fighting fellow Muslims," said an un-named soldier from Dargai area. The captured soldiers were from the ranks of the Frontier Corps, which often produces poorly trained soldiers.
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