Muslims Against Sharia condemn the murderers responsible for the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her supporters.
The new U.S. administration is alarmed by the possibility of the government giving in to militant demands to bring back sharia, according to Pakistani officials.
TALKS ON MONDAY
Representatives of Maulana Sufi Mohammad are due to meet government officials on Monday in Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
Having already met the cleric, NWFP information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told Reuters had high hopes for peace in Swat.
“I think things are moving in right direction and after the centre’s (federal government’s) approval, the Nifaz-e-Adal regulations will be announced,” he said, referring to restoring sharia in Swat.
Religious conservatives in Swat have long fought for the old law to replace the state’s secular laws, which came into force after the former principality was absorbed into Pakistan’s federation in 1969.
Battle hardened by the revolt in the 1990s, Maulana Sufi Mohammad later led thousands of fighters across to Afghanistan to support the Taliban militia when it came under attack from U.S.-backed forces in late 2001.
The cleric was arrested when he returned, but his son-in-law Maulana Fazlullah took up the cause, leading another revolt in late 2007, just months after Musharraf ordered commandos to storm the Red Mosque in Islamabad in order to stop an armed movement seeking to impose the sharia in the capital.
Fazlullah brought his faction under the umbrella of the Pakistani Taliban, headed by Baitullah Mehsud, a militant commander based in the tribal region of South Waziristan.
In a separate effort to heal the wounds, Zardari ordered on Sunday compensation be paid to people affected by the violence in Pakistan‘s semi-autonomous tribal lands and insurgency-hit districts of NWFP.
The Nifaz-e-Adal regulation By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman
Taliban in the Swat region enjoy the support of local population who support the Taliban’s demand of Shariah promulgation in Malakand Agency.
Even the police officers of the area and secular politician have supported this demand. Chief Minister of NWFP Ameer Haider Hoti, Governor Awais Ghani and the Army high command have strongly recommended to enforce the long pending Sharia regulations, which will be called the “Nifaz-e-Adal regulation”.
There is only one solution to the Swat problem and that is political. Government should readily announce the promulgation of Shariah in the Swat region. It will leave Taliban with no plausible demand and they would have no option but to accept the Shariah and it would also place the local population on the side of government. Some Talibans would like to take control of Shariah, but that is not so much bigger problem and could be handled by the government.
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