No peace, no Sharia. For many people outside Pakistan the idea of implementing Sharia law to bring peace to a once thriving tourist region was a controversial olive branch. But to others living in the Swat region it’s a welcome relief. As I write this the Pakistani President Asif Zardari has announced he will only sign such a deal, once peace there is fully restored.
Read more here from our talking points post. We’re planning on looking at this issue on Wednesday’s programme.
Is the introduction of Sharia law the right course of action to bring peace, in Pakistan or elsewhere? While it may stick in the throat of people outside the country, won’t this improve the quality of life for people in the region? Or is this little more than giving in to extremists? Showing people that if they repress women and bring violence they can get their own way?
We’re going to be speaking to Ziaudin, who lives in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan . He welcomes the introduction of Sharia law as he thinks that it will finally bring peace and produce a more effective legal system. But we’ll also be talking to human rights organisations who are angry at the move. And a human rights lawyer who thinks the western media don’t understand Sharia law.
What about the future of Pakistan – is this the beginning of seeing Sharia law throughout the country?