Pakistan set to restore Islamic law to pacify Swat By Kamran Haider



Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Chairman and senior legal expert Iqbal Haider

Pakistani officials appeared set on Monday to submit to demands for strict Islamic law to be reintroduced in a northwest valley in order to pacify a revolt by Taliban militants.


Religious conservatives in Swat have long fought for sharia to replace the state’s secular laws, which came into force after the former princely state was absorbed into the Pakistani federation in 1969.

Maulana Sufi Mohammad, a radical cleric, led a revolt in Swat in the 1990s, and he later led thousands of followers to fight alongside the Taliban against U.S.-backed forces in late 2001.

Pakistani authorities arrested Mohammad on his return, and he was imprisoned until last year, when authorities released him in a bid to defuse another uprising, this time led by his son-in-law, Maulauna Fazlullah.

The fighting began in late 2007, as militants answered a call to arms just months after the army stormed the Red Mosque in Islamabad to put down another armed movement seeking to impose the sharia in the capital.

Within a few months Fazlullah’s fighters were forced to retreat into the mountains as the army unleashed artillery and helicopter gunships.

But, when Pakistan‘s new civilian government came into power last year seeking to negotiate a peaceful settlement, the militants seized the chance to re-establish their grip.

The talks are taking place with representatives of Mohammad, but analysts say there are doubts about how much influence the old man has with Fazlullah, who has forged ties with other Pakistani Taliban factions and al Qaeda.

Mohammad has been short-changed by previous governments in the 1990s, who acceded to his demands for the restoration of courts headed by a religious scholar, known as a Qazi, without ever fully implementing the agreement.

Analysts say Mohammad also failed to live up to his part of the bargain in the past by failing to protect girls schools.

Awami National Party’s Zahid Khan said those old agreements would now be honoured and the Qazi courts would be re-established.

“We’re introducing something that existed there before, but could not be implemented,” said Khan, whose own ethnic Pashtun party is regarded as secularist.

The Qazi courts had administered a system of justice based on tradition and mostly sharia laws. They also guaranteed quick justice.

Many people in Swat dislike Pakistani state law, based on a system inherited from old colonial power Britain, because of corrupt officials, and long delays in delivering verdicts.

Tariq Mehmood, a retired judge and former chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, slammed the government for bowing to pressure.

“It’s happening at gunpoint. It’s a wrong precedent and we don’t know where it will end,” Mehmood told Reuters.

Various Viewpoints including Iqbal Haider

Listen here: (just after halfway point approx. 26:00)

From MiddleEastNews

February 16, 2009

Pakistan’s government has agreed to restore sharia, or Islamic law, in the Swat Valley and neighbouring areas of the country’s northwest as part of a peace deal with local pro-Taliban fighters.

44 Responses to “Pakistan set to restore Islamic law to pacify Swat By Kamran Haider”

  1. sliderblaze Says:


  2. Troy Says:

    sliderblaze Says:

    February 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm
    Ha, Rush just called a sex change a “chopadickofamy” lol
    Someone needs to correct Rush…It’s actually called an “Addadictomy”

  3. sliderblaze Says:

    thats adding a dick to a female, not taking one away from a male…lol

  4. Fernley Girl Says:

    Troy & slider,
    Vieira is working with

    I listened to their last conference call & Vieira was on.

  5. Troy Says:

    LOL…They’re both good then

  6. sliderblaze Says:

    is it just me, or is patty anne brown mad hot….

  7. Fernley Girl Says:

    Moderating links, or me?

  8. thefam Says:

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  9. rosettasister Says:

    Pakistan agrees to impose Islamic law in restive Swat Valley

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across much of northwest Pakistan on Monday in concessions aimed at pacifying the Taliban insurgency spreading from the border region to the country’s interior.

    The announcement came as three missiles believed fired from an American drone destroyed a house used by a local Taliban commander elsewhere in the northwest, killing 30 people, witnesses said.

    The ceasefire, in Pakistan’s Swat Valley hundreds of kilometres from the missile strike in Kurram, will likely concern the United States, which has warned Pakistan that such peace agreements allow al-Qaida and Taliban militants operating near the Afghan border time to rearm and regroup.

    The truce announcement came after talks with local Islamists, including one closely linked to the Taliban.

    Speaking in India, U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said the unrest in Swat was a reminder that the United States, Pakistan and India face an “an enemy which poses direct threats to our leadership, our capitals and our people.”

  10. rosettasister Says:

    Fernley Girl Says:
    February 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Moderating links, or me?


    don’t know why, went to spam.


  11. Troy Says:

    thefam Says:

    February 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm
    If anyone in Colorado is interested:

    Holding Barack Obama accountable in Denver
    Thanks for the “heads-up” thefam.

  12. Fernley Girl Says:

    Thanks Rose.

    A blogger at Lucianne’s suggested mailing a teabag to the White House on April 15th. Then someone else said to send a photo because a bulky package would have to be inspected.
    Well, I think we should send a real teabag to each of our representatives, one to the IRS (not with your tax return), and another one to the White House. We can send a message and jam up their mailrooms at the same time.

  13. rosettasister Says:

    We’re All Fascists Now II: American Tyranny

    Most Americans no longer read Alexis de Tocqueville’s masterpiece, Democracy in America, about which I wrote a book (Tocqueville on American Character; from which most of the following is taken) a few years ago. What a pity! No one understood us so well, no one described our current crisis with such brutal accuracy, as Tocqueville.

    The economics of the current expansion of state power in America are, as I said, “fascist,” but the politics are not. We are not witnessing “American Fascism on the march.” Fascism was a war ideology and grew out of the terrible slaughter of the First World War. Fascism hailed the men who fought and prevailed on the battlefield, and wrapped itself in the well-established rhetoric of European nationalism, which does not exist in America and never has. Our liberties are indeed threatened, but by a tyranny of a very different sort.

    Most of us imagine the transformation of a free society to a tyrannical state in Hollywood terms, as a melodramatic act of violence like a military coup or an armed insurrection. Tocqueville knows better. He foresees a slow death of freedom. The power of the centralized government will gradually expand, meddling in every area of our lives until, like a lobster in a slowly heated pot, we are cooked without ever realizing what has happened. The ultimate horror of Tocqueville’s vision is that we will welcome it, and even convince ourselves that we control it.

    There is no single dramatic event in Tocqueville’s scenario, no storming of the Bastille, no assault on the Winter Palace, no March on Rome, no Kristallnacht. We are to be immobilized, Gulliver-like, by myriad rules and regulations, annoying little restrictions that become more and more binding until they eventually paralyze us.

    Subjection in minor affairs breaks out every day and is felt by the whole community indiscriminately. It does not drive men to resistance, but it crosses them at every turn, till they are led to surrender the exercise of their own will. Thus their spirit is gradually broken and their character enervated…

    Part One:

  14. Troy Says:

    Ten, do you know anything about these folks?….I want to chat with them and see if they are organized or if they need some direction and guidance….They appear to be an offshoot of, but they ask for alot of personal info in order to join their forum….Also, what do you know about….I only want to try to bring people under one organized roof, so to speak.

  15. Troy Says:

    CRAP!!!!….I guess it would help if I posted the link…Here it is.

  16. rosettasister Says:

    Jewish Students Bullied and Threatened at York University

    by Phyllis Chesler, February 16, 2009

    On February 12, 2009, Jonathan Kay, one of the York students, published an eye-witness account in the National Post. Kay describes the clever verbal tactics used by the mobsters to try and rush the already overcrowded room. “Let the colored people in,” “Maybe if my friends bleach their skin they’ll be let inside,” “Zionism is Racism.” Kay notes that as he took pictures of the melee, the Middle Eastern student who had yelled many of the racial slurs, saw that Kay was also wearing a kippah and threatened to “take his camera and smash it.” He threatened no other student, only the Jew.

    According to Kay, after the press conference was over, the mob outside the student press conference came and stood outside the Hillel office on another floor. They chanted, banged, yelled, and menaced and would not leave. When the Toronto police finally came, “one pro-Palestinian student (pulled his) Kaffeiyah scarf all the way up to his eyes.” And, as the police led the twenty Jewish students out, single file “through this unruly mob, they were pointing, laughing and chanting that we were ‘racists on campus.'”

  17. rosettasister Says:

    National Grand Jury Declaration

    February 15, 2009

    As reported late last night via, Stephen Pidgeon, attorney for Broe v. Reed, has officially announced that he has issued a declaration (audio at link) for a national grand jury.

  18. rosettasister Says:

    Mr. Pidgeon states that an application will be posted at the web site for those who would be interested in applying.

    At first, all applicants will have the opportunity to sign up confidentially, though actual names will have to be revealed should a report be issued by the jury (assuming a finding is produced).

  19. JAC Says:

    I have been poked. prodded,
    The vampires leached me and I now probably glow in the dark but I’m home

  20. Tenacity Says:

    Steve from resist net was on that 4 hour show Friday night at Plains. They are supporting Restore The Constitution’s May 30 March and are planning one of their own in September. As Orly Taitz said on the show later, they need to move it up because September is too late. As far as I can tell, they are a good group. You are correct that they need to jump on board and they are likely open to it. Grassfire is also a good group and needs to get involved in the CC if they are not already.

  21. rosettasister Says:

    Pakistan accepts Islamic law in Swat Valley

    Fears of a slippery slope

    While the deal may give the Army a face-saving way out of a stalemate, some observers also see the decision as a slippery slope.

    The fear is that once the government allows a parallel system of justice, the Taliban will ratchet up demands for the harshest forms of sharia to be instituted.

    “The government is setting a very bad precedent,” says Ghulam Dastageer, court reporter for English-language newspaper The News.

    “The government will not go for public whipping, cutting off heads and hands. But the Taliban will [eventually] demand we need this type of sharia.”

  22. rosettasister Says:

    JAC Says:
    February 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I have been poked. prodded,
    The vampires leached me and I now probably glow in the dark but I’m home


    Glad you’re home, Cindy.

    When will you hear anything?


  23. Tenacity Says:

    Glad that is over…eh? When will you hear something?

  24. JAC Says:

    Rose, Ten
    Probably Thursday….

  25. Troy Says:

    Thanks Ten

  26. Troy Says:

    Cindy, feeling like a pin cushion?

  27. rosettasister Says:

    JAC Says:
    February 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Rose, Ten
    Probably Thursday….


    okay, keep us informed and we’ll keep you in our prayers.

  28. rosettasister Says:

    Pakistan Negotiate with ‘reconcilables’ Taliban

  29. rosettasister Says:


  30. JAC Says:


    lol,……. well I’m waiting to drink anything in case I spring leaks..

    damn I wish they would listen when I tell them I’m a hard stick… and get it from the back of my hand….instead of poking me 4 or 5 times to prove they know more……

  31. Troy Says:

    Hang in there, it’ll work out just fine.

  32. JAC Says:

    Rose, Ten, Troy
    Thank you for are of your thoughts and support…..

    you know I have never had a fear of dying,, I have a belief system that I know I have many people waiting on the other side for me.. family, friends and my own children…

    but there are different ways I wouldn’t wait to go…. fire, freezing or bone cancer…… that IS a miserable way…… so I have my fingers crossed…

    My ideal would be going quietly in my rocking chair giving hell to the politicians on the TV 🙂

  33. Troy Says:

    Is the reason that you can barely find ammo on the merchant’s shelves, because it is being bought in bulk immediately or is it the fact that merchant’s stocks are dismally low to begin with?…..I think it’s a little of both, but mostly the latter…..As I’ve said before, the government doesn’t need to take our guns, all they need to do is take our ammo….It is after all, a much easier task….If I wanted to neutralize a group, then that’s how I would do it….What good is a firearm, to protect yourself with without ammo?….I guess you could use it like a club and beat the hell out of someone with it, unless of course they have your ammo, then you can just eat lead.

    Just as I have suspected….It’s not rocket science.

  34. Troy Says:

    This is a very interesting article….I know Slider will enjoy it.

  35. rosettasister Says:

    Troy Says:
    February 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm


    This is from Sad in America:

    NO to the Ammunition Accountability Act


    Specific to Arizona

    This is pdf for hb2833:

    House Bill 2833, introduced by State Representative Martha Garcia, (D-13),

    Email Address:

  36. rosettasister Says:

    I didn’t think Arizonans would go for this. We won’t even move our clocks with the rest of the country.

    HB 2833 (Dead – Failed to move before deadline)

    Garcia, M – coded ammunition; state database

    Requires ammunition manufacturers to encode an individualized serial number on each bullet base and cartridge case. Possession of non-coded ammunition would be illegal. All ammunition sales would be recorded. A 1/2 cent tax would be added to every round of ammo sold. Manufacturers and vendors would face stiff fines for not-complying.

    This bill would effectively end ammunition sales in Arizona.

    AzCDL strongly opposes this bill.

  37. rosettasister Says:

    Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence?

    by Phyllis Chesler
    Middle East Quarterly
    Spring 2009, pp. 61-69

    Phyllis Chesler is emerita professor of psychology and women’s studies at the Richmond College of the City University of New York and co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women’s Health Network.

  38. ddlew2 Says:

    Heck YES Patti Ann Brown is HOT!

    She was on Red Eye last night and man oh man!!

    I’ve always thought she was one of the hotter chicks on Fox but NONE are prettier than Megan Kelly!

  39. patriotamy Says:

    Hey JAC, hope you are feeling OK, I know that you didn’t want to do the tests. Will keep you in my prayers.

  40. Tenacity Says:

    I’m sorry, but Megan Kelly is not my idea of hot. Patty Ann on the other hand is …well, there ain’t nothing wrong with that gal. Kelly is a bit too pompous & phony for me and her face does nothing for me. Remove the make up and bleached hair, I wouldn’t care to wake up to that. Did you hear her interview of Joe Farah when Corsi was being held in Kenya? She was down right rude and it was uncalled for. Sorry, don’t like her. She would make a good divorce attorney for someone lying their butt off and looking for a barracuda to ream their spouse. So…how do I really feel? It would not be Christian-like of me to say.

  41. CJ Says:

    I am finding more and more open socialists hitting the media as the days go by. Today on Cavuto, being hosted by Stuart Varney, there was a guy interviewed who says socialism is here in America and it is good and we should be glad. Capitalism doesn’t work he said. Varney was trying to tell him that he fled a country that is socialist but this guy(didn’t catch his name) wasn’t buying it. He thinks it is the greatest thing that can happen to the good ol’ USA. It is not even being done subtley any more. Obama gets in and socialism is being fed right to the masses everywhere, including our education system, as the best for America. My they know how to push their agenda don’t they? Say it enough and people accept it as the truth. Wow, it is going so fast I can’t believe it. The resistance had better ramp up quickly.

  42. Katie Says:

    JAC – sending good thoughts your way and wishes for the best possible outcome on the tests.

    From very personal experience, in the early 90’s I was told I had MS, then possible thyroid cancer, then my brain was shrinking, then it was depression, then it was lupus, then it was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, then it was Fibromyalgia, then blah blah blah…

    Eventually I found a healthy alternative, fired all the doctors, and have all but given up on medications and doctors for the last 16 yrs. Like politicians, I told them U R FIRED! Haven’t looked back. 🙂

    I know that this time waiting to get the results is the worst on your nerves. But you have a bigger mission in life, and I have no doubt this will lead you to something that improves the quality of your life.

    All the best!

  43. Katie Says:

    CJ – I remember seeing one of those polls on AOL about whether it’s time to put an end to capitalism. No surprise, the poll was done by the Huffpo.

    I laughed out loud at the stupidity of the question – then. You’re right. It was the beginning of the trend we’re all seeing. I do remember that the MAJORITY of the tens of thousands voted yes for capitalism, but that won’t stop the brainwashing of the MSM.

  44. rosettasister Says:

    Good evening and good night, good people!

    New Thread:

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