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Islamic Law Likely for Pakistani Province

The government in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province has presented legislation which, if approved, will bring strict Islamic law into effect for the first time in the country’s history. The aim of the Bill is to give syariah law precedence over secular provincial law and every Muslim will be bound by it, the BBC reported. A Bill to establish a new Department of Vice and Virtue is also under consideration. The BBC said both Bills are expected to be passed, as a coalition of hardline Islamic parties runs the province with an absolute majority. Islamic leaders promised that the Bill, once passed, would mean the end of obscenity and vulgarity in the North-West Frontier Province, and would bring the region’s education and financial systems in line with Islamic law. Some said they hoped the package would be just the beginning of an Islamic wave that would spread throughout the country. Full Story

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