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Pakistan is to impose Islamic law in a vast region of the north-west called Malakand in an attempt to placate extremists, even as President Asif Zardari warns that they are "trying to take over the state".
Critics warned that the new sharia regulations represented a capitulation to the extremists' demands, and that it would be difficult to stop hardliners elsewhere in the country from demanding that their areas also come under Islamic law. "This is definitely a surrender," said Khadim Hussain of the Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy, a thinktank in Islamabad. "If you keep treating a community as something different from the rest of the country, it will isolate them."
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?
A Pakistani television journalist covering a peace mission by a pro-Taliban cleric has been killed in the restive north-western Swat valley.
"Musa Khan Khel was shot dead by unknown gunmen near Matta town," local police official Khaista Khan said.
He said the journalist - working for Pakistan's private Geo TV - was shot in the head and was declared dead on arrival at hospital.
Mr Khan said he had no further details, but added that investigators were going to the scene.