Not Taliban-enough?

Pakistan's fiercely independent Pakhtun tribals become sacrificial lambs for Shariat.

Malakand's Islam is no different from the one being practised by the Taliban in Afghanistan," boasted the jubilant governor of Pakistan's North-Western Frontier Province (NWFP). He was referring to the promulgation of the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 1999 (System of Islamic Justice Regulation) on 16 January, coinciding with the 27th of Ramzan, the most sacred day in the Islamic lunar calendar. This was the second promulgation of the Shariat in four years in Malakand, and came at a time when the central government of Nawaz Sharif was facing stiff opposition to its move of introducing the Shariat elsewhere across the country.

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