Washington (Online) - A leading human rights group has urged Pakistan to immediately reverse the Swat Valley peace deal as it not only establishes a de-facto Taliban government in the region, but also poses a grave threat to the rights of women and children. Human Rights Watch, in a statement, called for the details of the February 15 peace deal with the Taliban, part of which included an agreement to impose Sharia law in the area, to be made public and said that any agreement must ensure the basic human rights of the population. The Taliban are taking Swat back to the dark ages and the Pakistani government is now complicit in their horrific abuses, said Ali Dayan Hasan, senior South Asia researcher of Human Rights Watch. Tossing out the rights of the people in the tribal areas reflects abysmally on both the government and the Pakistani militarys ability to protect citizens, he alleged. It expressed concern about the likelihood of increased abuses against women and girls in Taliban-controlled areas. The government defends this ordinance by saying that the officials implementing the law are still appointed by the provincial government and that they will respect the rights of women and others. But the reality is that any official in Swat who does not follow the dictates of the Taliban may be signing his or her own death warrant, Hasan said. Human Rights Watch said Nizam-e-Adl also violates fundamental rights provisions of the Pakistani constitution and seeks to provide a legal framework for abusive administration by the Taliban. It is mind-boggling that any elected, rights-respecting government would seek to partner with and cede control to entities and individuals so brazen in their rejection of human rights and constitutional rule, he said, and demanded, Instead of being feted as allies, Sufi Mohammad and his allies should be held accountable for their crimes. The Human Rights alleged that by entering into such a deal, the Pakistani armed forces, police, and administration have effectively abandoned most of the Swat valley and adjoining areas, leaving the Taliban in de-facto control. The new legal framework is seen by Taliban and affiliated groups as formal acquiescence by the Pakistani government to their administrative control of the region. The Taliban have imposed their authority in Swat and adjoining areas through summary executions - including beheadings - of state officials and political opponents, public whippings, and large-scale intimidation of the population, it said. Girls schools have been shut down, women are not allowed to leave their homes unless escorted by male family members, polio immunization programmes have been halted, and non-governmental organisations have been expelled. Music and film have been banned and stores trading in them have been destroyed. All men have been required to grow beards, the statement said.