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Woman killed for committing "adultery"

The Pakistani Taliban have killed a married woman after pronouncing her guilty of committing "adultery" in the troubled northwestern Swat valley and warned women in an adjoining tribal area against applying for national identity cards.

world Updated: Nov 11, 2008 02:26 IST

The Pakistani Taliban have killed a married woman after pronouncing her guilty of committing "adultery" in the troubled northwestern Swat valley and warned women in an adjoining tribal area against applying for national identity cards.

The Taliban tried the woman in a "Shariah court" in Matta sub-district of Swat for allegedly committing adultery and found her guilty. They then asked her brother-in-law to shoot her dead in their presence.

The brother-in-law killed the woman on Sunday by spraying bullets at her, The News daily reported on Monday.

The Taliban have been running Shariah courts in areas controlled by them and punishing people with impunity. The courts have given death sentences and punished "criminals" with public flogging.

The militants also put up posters at Landi Kotal in the Khyber tribal region on Sunday, warning women against visiting offices of the National Database and Registration Authority to apply for identity cards.

A large number of men have been accompanying their wives to the NADRA office in the Khyber Agency to apply for identity cards so that the women can enrol for the Benazir Income Support Programme launched by the government for the poor.

Women are entitled to a monthly stipend under the programme.

The Taliban posters in bazars of Landi Kotal described the practice as "obscene" and "un-Islamic". The militants threatened the families of women applying for identity cards with "serious consequences".