reply to post by Founding
Originally posted by Founding
Is Pakistan loosing its secular stability? What could this mean for the rest of us living in the West? What does this mean for the future generation
of that area?
Pakistan hasn't been secular since 1979, and they already have 1 generation grow up in that atmosphere. The major trouble I've always had with
'sharia' is that it isn't really islamic (as defined by the Quran and Hadith)- it came many centuries later. So every community has its own version
of it, some of which don't really line up.
There has been a fairly absurd form of it in Pakistan for decades now, famously known as the Hudood ordinance. One example: where rape is treated as
adultery (where there is no such ruling in Islamic law), so if a woman cannot provide 4 male
(another addition that is not present in Islamic
law) witnesses, she is convicted of adultery, while the accused goes scott-free.
The Taliban in Afghanistan had a rather extreme version of it (which is probably what the militants want implemented in Northwest Pakistan), which so
far exceeded anything Islam ever needed, that in some cases it went against Islam- where you could be jailed if your beard wasn't a certain length,
where the 'religious police' had the right to invade the privacy of your home and look around if you had anything (they deemed to be) wrong lying
People want to be married in accordance to their beliefs, it isn't really a problem. People wanting to divorce in accordance to their beliefs isn't
a problem. People willing their property in accordance to their beliefs isn't a problem. Heck, even if a people (in a proper legal and democratic
manner) support the passing of a certain law, it isn't a problem.
Catering to the extremist views of a small group of people who want to bully the majority into their ways, is certainly a problem.
While I dislike the advocating of blanket violence, what is the purpose of agreeing to their demands in exchange for peace? If peace was all that was
required, the whole country might as well have accepted the militant's version of sharia. But then the whole country would have taken on the
characteristics of their enemy, which was probably the very reason they were being fought in the first place.
Anyhow, I realise I'm offering a very simplistic view of things. At the moment Pakistan probably has a whole myriad of problems that are several
layers deep. These extremists are only one facet of it.
[edit on 18-2-2009 by babloyi]