» 02/17/2009, 00.00
Justice and Peace: sharia in Swat valley is a defeat for entire country
Peter Jacob, secretary of the bishops' conference commission, criticizes the agreement between the government and the Taliban. It provides for peace in exchange for the introduction of Islamic law in the Swat valley. The human rights activist does not foresee a Taliban regime like the previous one in Afghanistan, but fears violations of the rights of women and religious minorities.
"Islamic peace" in the Swat is a defeat for the rule of law
The end of conflict could mark new persecutions of religious minorities and women. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan expresses "serious concern" and emphasizes that the agreement will have repercussions in the whole country.
Muslims attack Christian community in Punjab
One woman has been killed, and 28 people have been injured at the Presbyterian church in Songo. Violence is on the rise in the Swat Valley and in the northern regions. Thousands of people are fleeing after the introduction of sharia, including many teachers and entire families. In Takhtbhai, in the district of Mardan, there have been bomb attacks on 16 music stores.
Archbishop of Lahore: Sharia in the Swat Valley is contrary to Pakistan's founding principles
Archbishop Saldanha denounces the violation of minority and women's rights. The archbishop expresses his concern "in matters concerning criminal justice," and denounces abuses and violence by the Taliban toward Christian, Sikh, and Hindu places of worship and schools. The Catholic Church supports the Muttahida Quami Movement, the only party that has opposed the "forces of darkness."
East Java, policewomen must wear Islamic veil
The new chief of police has issued a "nonbinding" order for all women in uniform. Police officers are also asked to pray five times a day. The headquarters in Java has approved the norm, and says that the agents are "free" to decide whether to follow it.
08/01/2009 PAKISTAN - INDIA
Islamabad government dismisses national security adviser
Mahmood Ali Durrani reportedly gave interviews without the authorization of Raza Gilani, confirming that the only attacker who survived the Mumbai massacre is Pakistani. An Indian newspaper publishes the intercepted telephone conversations between the authors of the massacre and the organizers in Pakistan.
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