National Assembly Ratifies Sharia Bill for imposition of Sharia in Swat

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I get a sense of defeatism and cowardice from your post Musalman. Zardari maybe be a "chor" or Mr 10% but he is not a barbaric killer like Taliban is he? He forced to side them that's another issue and that is because your armed forces are scared of facing the Taliban.
Want to ask a question, Pakistan talks of it's might to defeat India in war, then why has your army surrendered to a handful of barbarians?
Defeatism yes of course nearly 200 FC people surrendered to Taliban without a fight. Cowardnice well never got into any situation so can not say anything, about my self. But yes army is defeated and it is better to make peace with them other wise they will take everything :)
Zardari is also barbaric remember he stapped a bomb on a kid's leg inorder to get money from his Dad.
 

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Text of Swat Peace Accord

Text of Swat Peace Accord:

1- The Sharia law will be imposed in Swat, including the whole Malakand division;

2- The Army will gradually withdraw security forces from the region;

3- The government and the Taliban will exchange prisoners;

4- The Taliban will recognise the writ of the government and they will cooperate with the local police;

5- The Taliban will halt attacks on barber and music shops;

6- The Taliban will not display weapons in public;

7- The Taliban will turn in heavy weapons like rocket launchers and mortars to the government;

8- The Taliban will not operate any training camps;

9- The Taliban will denounce suicide attacks;

10- A ban would be placed on raising private militias;

11- The Taliban will cooperate with the government to vaccinate children against diseases like polio;

12- The Madrassa of Maulana Fazlullah in Imam Dherai would be turned into an Islamic University;

13- Only licensed FM radio stations would be allowed to operate in the region

14- The Taliban will allow women to work without any fear.


http://pkpolitics.com/2009/04/14/parliament-endorses-nizaam-e-adl-regulation/
 
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How about the Taliban will stop attacking US troops in Afghanistan? just a slight oversite by the Pakistani government in this peace accord with the Taliban aimed at weakening USA 's position in Afghanistan.


2- The Army will gradually withdraw security forces from the region;- Why is USA increasing aid with this nonsense going on?
 

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http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009/04/15/story_15-4-2009_pg1_4

Meanwhile, Qazi courts began functioning in Swat with full legal powers. The courts had started functioning on March 12 in six tehsils of Swat, but had limited authority.

However, the new qazi courts would not hear cases against the Taliban, The Associated Press quoted the TNSM chief as telling a private TV channel. “We intend to bury the past,” he {TNSM Chief Sufi Muhammad} said.
 

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The fun begins:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/index....iew&id=36939&sectionid=4&issueid=101&Itemid=1

We'll have Shariah in all of Pak: Muslim Khan
Headlines Today
New Delhi, April 15, 2009

They won't stop until every square-inch of Pakistan bows to Shariah law. And they have all available means to achieve it. The alarming intentions of the Taliban in Pakistan are no longer ambiguous. This is no longer about a chaotic Islamist outfit spilling over from Afghanistan and looking for cover. This is about taking over an entire nation.

In his first exclusive interview to an Indian television network, Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan spoke to Headlines Today in Pakistan's Swat. He opened by declaring in no uncertain terms that the Taliban intended to annex Pakistan in its entirety, and convert it into a "true Islamic state".

Referring to the hundreds of Pakistanis who have died in the area and the atrocities that continue, Khan said, "That is their fate. It is our duty to show the world what Islam really is. It is Allah's will that Pakistan be under Shariah in its true form. We have promised Allah that we will not rest until all of Pakistan is under Shariah."

When asked what the Tehreek-e-Taliban would do if it faced opposition from the Pakistani forces, he didn't lose a moment to declare that his outfit would use all means and all force available to overcome any opposition to their cause. He made it clear that the Taliban-controlled Swat, Malakand and more recently the Buner District of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, will be used as templates that the marauding Taliban will replicate in every piece of territory they take over. The recent authentication of the Swat peace deal through Pakistan's Parliament has reportedly emboldened the group into looking towards more territory - including South East into Pakistani Punjab.

With unconfirmed reports of Taliban infiltrations into the Valley still doing the rounds, the Taliban spokesman had a warning that speaks for itself: "What the Pakistan security forces could not achieve in Kashmir, the jihadis and the mujahideen will."{So get ready guys one more type of thugs (if there was any difference at all) is coming they will meet the same fate}

Khan went on to critise the "Hindu government" of J&K. "The Hindu government in Kashmir is committing atrocities on Muslims. Security forces have been incapable of doing anything on that front. It can be achieved only by the way of Jihad. The security forces have been unable to liberate Kashmir in the last 60 years because they don't fight on the basis on religion," he said.

Then, disturbingly, "Jihad does not stop in Pakistan. It does not stop for anything or anyone."
 

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is this is what was wanted by the people there?

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009/04/16/story_16-4-2009_pg3_2

comment: After the flogging —Suroosh Irfani

The leaders of Wahhabi-Salafi movements such as Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e Tayyaba and Jama’at-ud Dawa are not trained jurists but “engineers or medical doctors”. Such self-proclaimed jurists have reduced Islam to a combustible mix of intolerance, hatred and isolationist arrogance

Whatever the outcome of the public outrage that the Taliban’s flogging of an alleged adulteress in Swat gave rise to earlier this month, the incident illustrates the deep split in Pakistan over what it means to be a Muslim.

While many critics termed the flogging barbaric and an affront to Islam, the Taliban and their supporters justified the flogging, and insisted it accorded with sharia law. Critics contested this claim by noting that the Taliban’s understanding of sharia law negated the basic requirements of the sharia the Taliban claimed to uphold.


Sharia law lays down rigorous requirements for ascertaining the facts of a case, and the procedures for administering punishment. Moreover, the immaculate moral character required of the four witnesses for confirming penetration are so meticulous that even former Chief Justice of Pakistan Syed Sajjad Ali Shah reportedly said he doubted if he could measure up to the sublime standards of virtue required of a witness in such a case.

While the debate is bound to continue, it is important to note that the spontaneous outrage that swept across several Pakistani cities after the flogging video was aired reflects the first nationwide condemnation of the Taliban. Indeed, the young woman’s screams under Taliban blows were a stark reminder of blown up schools, beheaded bodies, suicide bombings, and a million people forced out of Swat over the last sixteen months — a track record of barbarism that won Swat for the Taliban.

However, the basic paradox that underpins the Taliban’s sharia remains unresolved: the intimidation and violence leading to its enforcement is an outright negation of the Islamic spirit itself. Therefore, the MQM’s abstention from voting on the Nizam-e Adl Regulation in parliament on April 13 is justified.

Moreover, Sufi Muhammad, leader of the Tehreek-e Nifaz-e Shariat-e Muhammadi, who now controls Swat, might well have a very different understanding of sharia from that of trained Islamic jurists. The latter view sharia as “the sum total of technical, legal methodologies, precedents, and decisions”, where the interaction of hadith with legal methodology to produce jurisprudence is an ongoing process.

However, rather than a trained jurist’s sharia, Sufi Muhammad’s sharia seems an all purpose kit, doling out instant punishments, foreswearing introspection, and a refusal to acknowledge the wrongs one has been a party to in the name of Islam. An example is his interview with the Daily Times last month (March 19, 2009).

When asked whether the actions of Swat’s school-blasting warlord Fazlullah were un-Islamic (haram), Sufi said, “the debate on past happenings is disallowed in Islam; a hadith sharif says what has happened in the past should not be discussed”.

Citing another hadith, he further explained that “a Muslim should not discuss past happenings because he may not remember all the (details) and therefore, he may...sin by not speaking the truth.”

Given the coverage Fazullah’s statements and doings received in the electronic and print media over the last couple of years, details of his war crimes could be retrieved, and especially against the army in terms of soldiers killed or beheaded. Therefore, the ‘sin’ of not remembering details seems no more than a lame excuse.

However, there was more to Sufi Muhammad’s interview: he seemed heedless of human conscience and reparative justice. The plight of aggrieved families who lost innocent members during the Taliban’s onslaught on Swat seemed of no concern to him. When asked what measures he was taking to give justice to these families, Sufi invoked his standard response again, saying, “We will not discuss what has happened in the past. Sharia does not allow this.”

Such distortion of sharia that erases history, conscience, and the very essence of justice in the name of Islam amounts to the betrayal of Islam itself.


Such betrayal, were it to go unchallenged, would amount to a “greater sin” in the struggle to wrest Islam from the extremists, going by Khalid Abou el Fadl’s arguments in The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the extremists. (HarperOne, 2005)

Fadl’s book is a clarion call to Muslims to rise against the challenge of extremists holding Islam hostage. An accomplished Islamic jurist and professor of law at the UCLA Law School, Fadl’s book is the most comprehensive account yet published comparing and contrasting a ‘puritanical orientation’ in Islam, represented by the Wahhabi-Salafi consensus, on the one hand, and the ‘moderate orientation’ of the silent Muslim majority on the other.

Whether propounded by extremist groups, Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e Tayyaba, TNSM or the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan, the ‘puritanical orientation’ is a supremacist ideology “that compensates for feelings of defeatism, disempowerment and alienation with a sense of self-righteous arrogance vis-à-vis the ‘other’ — whether that other is the West, nonbelievers in general, Muslims, or even women.”

At the same time, puritanism is alienated not only from modernity, “but also from Islamic heritage and tradition, literature, aesthetics, music, mysticism, intellectual and cultural history. Religious texts are used “like a shield to avoid criticism or escape challenges that mandate the use of reason and rationality” — as the TNSM chief’s interview amply shows. Indeed, for puritans, “religious texts [are] whips” wielded to further the aims of regressive forces in society.

Puritans “use the inherited tradition and law to silence their opponents and stunt critical and creative thinking.” However, they “are ignorant of jurisprudential theory and methodology, and therefore treat law in whimsical and opportunistic fashion. They search through thousands of statements and sayings attributed to the Prophet [pbuh] in order to find anything that they could use to support their already preconceived positions.”

Given the puritans’ ignorance of psychological and cultural dynamics in textual interpretation, they end up projecting “their social and political frustrations and insecurities upon the text”. Consequently, “if a puritan is angry at the West, he will read the religious text in such a way as to validate this hostility. And if he needs to compensate for feelings of powerlessness by dominating women, he’ll read the text to validate the subjugation and disempowerment of women.”

In fact, “in every situation we find that the proverbial arm of the text is being twisted to validate whatever the puritan orientation wishes to do. All along the puritan claims to be entirely literal and objective and faithfully implement what the text demands without personal interference.”

Fadl further notes that given the intellectual vacuum in the Muslim world, “virtually every Muslim with a modest knowledge of the Quran and the tradition of the Prophet [pbuh] considers [himself] qualified to speak for Islamic tradition and sharia law.”

Small wonder then that the leaders of Wahhabi-Salafi movements such as Al Qaeda, LeT and Jama’at-ud Dawa are not trained jurists but “engineers or medical doctors”. Such self-proclaimed jurists have reduced Islam to a combustible mix of intolerance, hatred and isolationist arrogance, exploding across the world, but most notably among Muslims themselves.

The misuse of sharia, therefore, calls for differentiating between “sharia as a technical, legal system” and “sharia as a symbol of Islamic legitimacy”. That sharia as a symbol is being misused by puritan extremists is as much reflected in the arbitrary fatwas of Al Qaeda as the flogging in Swat.

The question is whether the Supreme Court of Pakistan will remain indifferent following the TNSM and TTP threat that any member of the National Assembly opposed to the Taliban’s sharia will cease to be a Muslim.

Suroosh Irfani is an educationist and writer based in Lahore
 

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http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=21541
BATKHELA/MINGORA: Tanzeem Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad on Wednesday said the Qazi courts would dispose of cases in line with Shariah and their verdicts could not be challenged in the high court or the Supreme Court, but a Darul Qaza would be set up at the divisional level as a final court.

He said Shariah was a system that guaranteed peace and hoped that the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation’s implementation would ensure durable peace in Swat.Addressing a press conference at the Bilal Masjid in the Amandara area of Batkhela, Sufi Muhammad said challenging the Qazi courts’ verdicts in the high court or the Supreme Court of Pakistan would be tantamount to betrayal of Islam.
 

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