The government settles with an Islamic terrorist, and allows sharia in the north
ICC Note: This development is very discouraging for Christians in Pakistan.
by Qaiser Felix
4/22/08 Peshawar (AsiaNews) – An agreement to bring peace back to the tribal areas of Pakistan, but by using sharia as the common thread for local politics. This is the agreement signed yesterday by the provincial government of the North-West Frontier, which has released Maulana Sufi Muhammad – leader of the outlaw militants of Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammadi (TRISM) – in exchange for a cease-fire in the areas controlled by the Islamic militias.
The Pakistani police had stopped Muhammad in November of 2001, while he was crossing the border of Afghanistan to organise the “anti-American resistance”. In 2002, the judges had condemned him to 10 years in prison. Now, with the peace agreement, Islamabad has withdrawn the accusations against the guerilla leader and has dissolved the rest of his sentence. Also according to the agreement his organisation, banned in 2002, will “continue its struggle for the enforcement of sharia law (Islamic law) through peaceful means”… [Go To Full Story]