PESHAWAR (APP) - NWFP Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, Barrister Arshad Abdullah said on Tuesday that VIP security would be provided to deposed Chief Justice upon his schedule visit to Peshawar on May 31 for Lawyers' Convention. 'Keeping in view the security situation in the province, the government has decided to provide VIP security to Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry during his proposed visit to provincial capital on May 31', Abdullah told a news conference. The Law Minister said the NWFP government supported restoration of the deposed judges including Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. 'We don't believe in minus one formula', he said in response to a question. He said that ANP was committed for independence of judiciary and has great desire for restoration of deposed judges. He said that ANP had rendered great sacrifices along with PPP and PML-N since the judicial crisis started on March 9, 2007. The Law Minister said the commitment of the nationalist party towards independence of judiciary could be judged from the fact that several workers of ANP were brutally killed in Karachi carnage during the visit of deposed Chief Justice Ifitikhar on May 12, 2007. Barrister Abdullah said that ANP believes in strengthening of judiciary and institutions as solution of peoples' problems and progress of the country was not possible without independent judiciary. To a question about speculations in political circles about new amendments in Shariah Regulations 1999, the Minister said that negotiations with Ulema and Islamic scholars are underway to simplify the regulations to provide inexpensive and quick justice to people of Malakand Division. Asked about the Swat peace pact signed by NWFP government and local Taliban, the Law Minister said that local Talibans are Pakthuns and the government will negotiate with all those who have laid arms and accept the writ of the government. ++++++++++++++