Sharia courts started functioning in Pakistan's Swat valley.
The implementation of Sharia law will adversely affect the women, religious minorities like Christians and Hindus. Remember that when Afghanistan was under Taliban rule, Hindus were asked to wear yellow arm-bands and fly yellow flags atop their houses. Girls and young women are likely to lose the opportunity for education.
Since last year 400 private schools have been shut down forcefully by Extremists.
ISLAMABAD: Islamic courts today started functioning in Pakistan's insurgency-hit Swat valley under an agreement signed last month by religious hardliners and provincial authorities, a senior official said.
Qazis or judges started presiding over the Shariah courts at four places in Swat valley to pacify armed Taliban fighters, who waged a violent campaign and battled security forces over the past 18 months to press for the enforcement of Islamic laws in the region.
"We have revived the Islamic courts and Qazis (judges) today," Commissioner Syed Muhammad Javed said.