Talking Points: 17 February

taleban-in-swat1Sharia Law in Pakistan

“May God protect this peace deal,” said Haji Javed, a shop owner from the Swat Region of Pakistan. Pakistan’s decision to impose Sharia Law in the North-West of the country as part of a peace deal may have received criticism from outside the country, but many people who live there have welcomed the move.

This blogger feels that the decision to “negotiate” with an extremist Taleban group, is a bad idea for three reasons, including the proximity of the region to Islamabad. While this blogger fears that this Sharia law will now continue to spread throughout the country.

Worth reading Anbar Raz, a campaigner who highlights the effect of the existing regime in Swat on women and girls. Over 100 schools for girls have been torched by militants.

But some Pakistanis recognise that following several failed attempts to overthrow militancy in the region, the government has been left with no choice but to give into extremists. Under such circumstances, the government “has played its cards correctly“. Accordingly to the Daily Times of Pakistan, the Sharia Law imposed in the area will a more moderate interpretation.

So is the divison of Pakistan the best way to battle a Taleban insurgency? And is Sharia law the price of peace in Pakistan?

Public Suffering

Should you make money out of your death? That’s exactly what British reality TV star Jade Goody has said she will do for her sons as she continues to fight against terminal cancer. You might remember Jade from her rows with Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty a couple of years ago. This article feels that her decision to get as much publicity as she can before she dies is something we should admire her for. We maybe nearing a first reality TV death which has got me thinking about public suffering and how to die with dignity.

The Khmer Rouge

Three decades on and leaders of the Khmer Rouge have been put on trial for torturing over 16,000 people.This first known child survivor of the regime’s largest torture centre has spoken about his experiences. The Khmer Rouge has gone unpunished for crimes against humanity for years. Should you fight for justice however long it takes? Can you ever move on from history?

7 Responses to “Talking Points: 17 February”

  1. 1 Mohammed Ali
    February 17, 2009 at 12:30

    Whatever the case maybe, I think first and foremost the most important thing is first obtaining peace for the people of Pakistan. If the people who the sharia will cover accept it, I see no reason why we the outsiders should make issue out of it.

    There are more important things that require our attention than sharia been administered in a particular country.
    can we discuss what effect the stimulus package in the USA will have on the rest of the world.

  2. 2 Bob in Queensland
    February 17, 2009 at 13:02

    Surely the issue isn’t the Sharia law itself but, rather, the way an extremist, outlaw organisation is imposing its will on a supposedly secular democracy.

    The doesn’t justify western intervention unless there’s an invitation from Islamabad, but it certainly bodes badly and will definitely prove a mistake for the future of democracy in Pakistan.

  3. 3 Marge
    February 18, 2009 at 07:30

    Sharia law mostly affects women; stoning to death, no education, forced marriages and being covered from head to toe in public, and generally being slaves to men. It is the men who want to impose Sharia law and to bully and dominate women. They will fight and kill until they get it. Perhaps it is time to surrender to alleviate the suffering imposed by these monsters and cowards who call themselves men. They are truly despicable and should be shunned by the civilized world.

  4. February 18, 2009 at 16:52

    Sharia Law Hasn’t Worked for Iran!
    According to Iranian Judiciary Chief Mohammad Shahroudi, some 9 million cases are awaiting to be heard. Sharia Law simply doesn’t work. Clerics have lost interest. We have moved on. The danger in Pakistan and imposition of Sharia Law by Taliban is that it is an excuse for plunder, intimidation and stifling opposition. Iran went through the same stage thirty years ago when it established Revolutionary Courts, the Guards Corps and militias.

  5. 5 Peter
    February 18, 2009 at 17:07

    Who is going to correctly interprete the law? Do they vote on it or use the AK47 and RPG to decide.

  6. 6 Assopiah, Ben. Ghana
    February 19, 2009 at 15:27

    For me, in one sentence, Sharia Law is very cruel and barbaristic.

  7. February 20, 2009 at 14:22

    Sharia law,its success is really depend on talban behave in time coming,
    new American policy toward the reason,
    and peac efforts being made by the locals peole.

    No doubt, Sharia law is strict in nature but on the other hand it provide justice to the citizans,so with such refference it can lead the state and finish resurgenct from the botom.

    As for as American is concerned,it has some justification,reservations regarding the regrouping and terror activies in Afghanistan.

    In case, Talban kepp continue there previous behave and bring no change in that it may effecte the truce in Swat and the candle of peace go off.

    peace efforts as has been made in Swat Afghan president should undertake the same way leading to peace in Afghanistan.

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