Pakistan bows to demand for sharia law in Taliban-controlled Swat Valley

Article Date: 
14 Apr 2009

In Swat, some residents celebrated in the streets, hoping the law would herald a return of peace to the violence-ridden valley, home to a ski resort and a one-time honeymooners' favourite. But that outcome was far from certain.

Human rights activists condemned the law, worrying it would presage the spread of Taliban rule to other parts of Pakistan. "I don't think this law is going to appease the Taliban. It's just going to give them a taste of victory," said Asma Jahangir, the United Nations special rapporteur on religĀ­ious freedoms.

Article Author: 
Declan Walsh
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