» 03/24/2009, 00.00
In Taliban-controlled Swat Valley no more NGOs or polio vaccination for children
The enforcement of Sharia has led to the closing down of NGO offices, the end of polio vaccination for children and left hundreds of lawyers out of a job. Extremist groups plan to demand the implementation of Islamic in every district of the province. Civil society groups and human rights activists are sounding the alarm.
Government strikes a deal with Taliban, Sharia to be enforced in the northern part of the country
Under a 15-point agreement the Swat Valley should come under the administrative and legal control of Islamic militias. For the United States and NATO it is a great favour for al-Qaeda. Various Pakistani analysts are sceptical about the deal, which they see as a way to carve up the country.
Islamic courts to replace Supreme Court in Pakistan’s tribal areas
NWFP’s caretaker government wants to change the local justice system by replacing the Supreme Court with new Qazi Courts staffed with judges trained in Islamic law and assisted by ‘helpers’ selected from local clergymen.
Sharia courts begin work in Swat Valley with restrictions on women
Women cannot go out unaccompanied or speak in public but must cover their heads. Girls’ schools could be closed for good. Local Catholics and Protestants fear for their future; some are starting to leave the region. Taliban militia leader threatens new judges; anyone not applying Sharia correctly will be removed from office immediately.
Swat Valley: Catholics pray for peace as the country faces an exodus of Biblical proportions
Unanimously Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs condemn Taliban violence. In Faisalabad bishop leads a prayer vigil for peace. The number of refugees could reach 1.5 million. Some 60 Christian families find refuge in Peshawar.
Whipping 17-yr girl a “barbaric act”, anger against Taliban mounts
Protests and demonstrations against Islamic fundamentalist madness are organised in many Pakistani cities. Supreme Court starts hearing to determine who is responsible for whipping the young woman, who refuses to testify fearing retaliations. Extremists reject accusation, claiming the video is a “fake”
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