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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pakistan president signed legislation to implement Sharia law in province
Arjun Mishra at 12:00 AM ET

On April 13, 2009, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zadari signed legislation that officially established Islamic Sharia law in the country's North West Frontier Province of Swat, an area bordering Afghanistan. Islamic militants linked to the Taliban reached an agreement with the government to implement Sharia law in February 2009, contingent on a peace agreement. Human Rights Watch (HRW), fearing international human rights violations as a result, urged the government to reverse its agreement. Violence in frontier areas has plagued Pakistan, especially in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister and Zadari's wife, Benazir Bhutto.

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