Pakistan Supreme Court hears challenge to Islamic morals law

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Monday took up a government challenge to a controversial morals law passed by its North-West Frontier Province [JURIST report] on the border with Afghanistan that provides for Taliban-style enforcement of Islamic law. President General Pervez Musharraf [Wikipedia profile] asked the court earlier this month to rule on the constitutionality of the law [JURIST report] that calls for monitoring of peoples' compliance with Islamic principles. Federal government lawyers say the bill is unconstitutional, saying that it created vague and open-ended powers that would lead to abuse and undermine the independence of the judiciary. Legal arguments are expected to continue tomorrow. AFP has more.

 

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