Will Pakistan's Shari'a Pact Calm or Inflame a Troubled Region?
In a desperate move to deal with an intractable radical insurgency, the Pakistan government says it will impose a form of Islamic law in the area of Swat Valley in the northwestern corner of the country. As a result, Islamabad’s faltering military campaign there has been put on hold, and the militants have agreed to a tentative ceasefire. But many observers fear that, far from calming the conflict, the government has capitulated to the Islamist guerrillas and has set a worrying precedent – one that will surely displease some U.S. officials who want the government to take a harder line against militants. Full Story