Swat Valley: President Zardari authorises Islamic law, Taliban rejoice
ICC Note: This is a disturbing development for Christians in Pakistan, who already suffer under discriminatory laws and social factors.
by Qaiser Felix
04/14/09 Islamabad, Pakistan (AsiaNews) – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari signed into law the controversial Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009 which imposes Islamic law (Sharia) in the Swat Valley area after Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution in favour of the regulation.
The decision to introduce Islamic law to the scenic region was reached by the government of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Tahrik-e-Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi movement (TNSM) to end years of war and violence. Sharia came into effect last 16 February. With the president’s signature it becomes fully operational.
Recent weeks have shown what the new regulation entails. Hundreds of local lawyers have lost their job, NGOs cannot operate, anti-polio vaccinations have been stopped, imprisoned Taliban militants have been released and violence against women has skyrocketed. However, the flogging of a 17-year-old woman caught strolling with a man not her husband caused an uproar.
What has happened has alarmed the NCJP secretary. In his opinion the decision to hand over the Swat Valley to the Taliban will probably encourage them to try to impose Islamic law in other areas of the country. In the end a parallel justice system will be set up and bowing to fundamentalist violence will give the Taliban a free rein and they are bound to demand more… [Go To Full Story]