Parliament approves Islamic law for Swat
Pakistan's National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, approved a controversial peace deal with the Taliban in the country's restive northwest that has been widely condemned by the West. It will now be sent to President Asif Ali Zardari for ratification, reports Kamal Sidiqi.world Updated: Apr 14, 2009 02:05 IST
Pakistan's parliament passed a unanimous resolution in favour of the controversial Nizam-e-Adl Regulation on Monday evening, paving the way for the enforcement of Shariat or Islamic law in the troubled Swat Valley.
The resolution was presented to the house earlier in the day and within hours was given the seal of approval by all major political parties in the country except the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which walked out of the proceedings.
PM Gilani told MPs that President Asif Ali Zardari wanted to have the backing of the Parliament in this regulation and that is why he had sent it to the PM. “We want to do this quickly because we want to give the president the moral support,” said Gilani.
President Zardari had sent the regulation to the PM over the weekend amidst strong reservations from the Tehreek-e-Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi, the religious movement which wants Shariat law in Swat and the Awami National Party, with whose government in the Frontier province the deal was brokered.
However, the MQM said the deal went against the spirit of the constitution. MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said the bill was passed without any debate and raises the question of how two separate laws could run in the country side by side.