SHARIA LAW

  • Indonesia's Aceh introduces whipping as punishment for gay sex September 27, 2014

    Banda Aceh: The Indonesian province of Aceh on Saturday approved an anti-homosexuality law that can punish anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes, a lawmaker said. After a three-decade-old separatist movement, a peace agreement signed in 2005 granted special autonomy to Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, on condition...
  • Katju kicks off debate, says Muslims should support Uniform Civil Code June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Press Council Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has kicked off a debate saying Muslims should support the demand for a Uniform Civil Code. He claimed that one of the reasons for the backwardness of Muslims is that there has been no modernisation of their personal law. Katju said, "There should...
  • Brunei adopts sharia law, punishment includes whipping, amputation May 2, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: The sultanate of Brunei this week becomes the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law, the latest example of a deepening religious conservatism that has also taken root in parts of neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia. Brunei, a tiny former British protectorate of about 400,000 nestled between two...
  • Holy Quran allows polygamy, not encourages it: Court January 1, 2013

    New Delhi: A Maulvi, accused of performing a girl's marriage forcibly with a married man, has been denied anticipatory bail by a Delhi court which said the Sharia Law allowed polygamy but only under special circumstances. The court denied the relief to Maulvi Mustafa Raja of Delhi dismissing his arguments...
  • Protests erupt as Haji Ali bans entry of women November 6, 2012

    Mumbai: In a surprising and controversial move, Mumbais Sufi shrine Haji Ali Dargah Trust has barred women from entering the sanctum sanctorum that houses the tomb of the 15th century Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The trust management also declared that the decision is irrevocable. The decision has evoked...
  • Sudan: Young woman sentenced to death by stoning June 1, 2012

    Khartoum: A Sudanese woman, believed to be around 20, has been sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery, and is being held near Khartoum, shackled in prison with her baby son, rights groups and lawyers said on Thursday. Campaigners condemned the ruling, saying it violated international standards and raised concerns...
  • Canada bans burqa at citizenship swearing in December 13, 2011

    Toronto: New Canadian citizens must remove any face coverings, such as the Islamic niqab or burqa, while they take the oath of citizenship, the country's immigration minister said on Monday. Jason Kenney said most Canadians have misgivings about Islamic face coverings and said new Canadians should take the oath in view...
  • Pak becoming more Islamist, antiUS: Think tank January 12, 2010

    London: Pakistan is likely to become a more Islamist state and increasingly antiAmerican in the coming years, complicating US efforts to win its support against Islamist militants, a report released on Tuesday said. The report, which looks at Pakistan over a onetothree year time horizon, rules out the possibility of a...
  • Taliban continue offensive, hold entire town hostage May 1, 2009

    Islamabad: Almost a week after they began the offensive, the battle for Buner in Pakistan continues. The Pakistani army says the Taliban is holding an entire town hostage making their task difficult. ...
  • Sharia for Swat challenged in Pakistan Supreme Court April 21, 2009

    Islamabad: The Sharia laws imposed in Swat and other parts of Pakistan's restive northwest have been challenged in the Supreme Court on the ground they are out of sync with the country's existing statutes. The petition said that the NizameAdl Regulation that parliament had approved for enforcing the Sharia laws was...
  • 'Forbidden love' irks Taliban ethics, shoots couple dead April 18, 2009

    The couples crime, the Taliban claim, were in an illicit relationship. ...
  • Taliban execute couple for 'illicit relationship' April 18, 2009

    Islamabad: Taliban militants executed a man and a woman in public on charges of having illicit relations. The couple was shot with Kalashnikovs in front of their relatives, in Hangu district of troubled North West Pakistan. The shocking footage of the shooting incident which took place a few days back near...
  • Obama aide predicts doomsday for Pakistan April 15, 2009

    New Delhi: Three months from now the first signs of state collapse in Pakistan will become evident. That is the doomsday scenario sketched by a consultant to no less than President Obama. The consultant David Kilcullen has warned that if collapse happens "It will dwarf anything we've seen so far....
  • TalibanPak peace accord hinges on Zardari April 11, 2009

    Islamabad: A peace accord with the Taliban in Swat in Pakistan's restive northwest that was on the verge of collapse seems to be intact for the moment but much hinges on President Asif ali Zaradri, who is under intense international pressure to reject the pact. Earlier this week, it appeared...
  • Swat peace deal in danger of collapse April 9, 2009

    Islamabad: A deal between the Pakistani government and the Taliban to restore peace in the Swat Valley on Thursday collapsed with a radical cleric withdrawing from the pact he helped broker, reports said "Maulana Sufi Mohammad announced his withdrawal from Swat peace deal on Thursday," Geo TV reported. The cleric had...
  • Taliban flogging: Girl makes Uturn, denies flogging April 6, 2009

    Islamabad: A Uturn in the shocking case of the public flogging of a girl by the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat valley. The girl and her relatives have now denied media reports of the flogging. Pakistan media reports say that the girl has denied flogging. This comes just a day before...
  • India Muslims denounce Taliban girl whipping April 4, 2009

    New Delhi: After video clips of a 17yearold girl being flogged in public by Taliban fighters in Pakistan's Swat valley were shown on TV, India's Islamic scholars denounced it as "unIslamic" and "satanic" and condemned it as "gross violation" of Quranic codes. Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan spoke out strongly...
  • Man who taped Taliban flogging teen speaks out | More April 4, 2009

    New Delhi: The Paksitani man who shot the video of a 17yearold girl being mercilessly flogged up by the Taliban in the Swat valley has spoken out. He shot the video despite the fear of being caught and says that the Taliban is spreading fear in the Swat Valley. Shaukat...
  • Teenaged girl flogged by Taliban in Pakistan April 3, 2009

    London: A 17yearold screaming, burqaclad girl was whipped by Taliban fighters in Pakistan's restive Swat Valley for coming "out of her house with another guy who was not her husband", a twominute video shot through a mobile phone showed. The video showed the girl face down on the ground. Two men...
  • US wary of ISI support to Pak's Taliban March 29, 2009

    New Delhi: The first operational Sharia Court in the Khyber Agency in Pakistan convicted two men of kidnapping and killing a taxi driver. The sentence was carried out within hours of their guilt being pronounced. They were lined up against a brick wall and shot with hundreds of people looking...
  • Taliban in, music and revelry out of picturesque Swat March 6, 2009

    New Delhi: Music has been banned in the Swat valley 24 hours after officials and proTaliban cleric Sufi Mohammad signed a 17pointaccord. The accord covers the expulsion of dancing girls, prostitutes and pimps from Swat. Shops and businesses will have close during prayer times. 'Vulgar' CDs will be destroyed and the authorities...
  • Pak pays for peace, 'buys' indefinite truce from Taliban February 24, 2009

    Mingora, Pakistan: Taliban militants announced an indefinite ceasefire in the Swat valley in the northwest of the country on Tuesday, a day after the army said it was ceasing operations in the region. The ceasefire, following an agreement by the authorities on the enforcement of Islamic sharia law in the valley,...
  • Taliban, Islamist leader begin talks in Swat February 19, 2009

    Islamabad: The talks between an Islamist group and Taliban's Pakistan chief Maulana Fazlullah for the restoration of peace have begun in Swat, where Islamabad allowed the Taliban to impose Shariat (Islamic law). Chief of the TehreekeNafazeShariateMohammadi (TNSM), Maulana Sufi Muhammad, and TehrikeTaliban Pakistan (TTP) leader and also his soninlaw ...
  • Pak's gamble to control Taliban likely to fail February 19, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan has made a deadly gamble in Swat of signing a peace deal with two of the most dangerous men in the region. While one man fought against the US in Afghanistan after 9/11, the other has set up more than 30 illegal radio stations in Pakistan to impose hardline...
  • US, NATO 'concerned' by PakistanTaliban truce February 18, 2009

    Tokyo: The imposition of Sharia law in the Swat Valley region and the 10day ceasefire between Pakistani security forces and the Taliban has raised alarm all over the world. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the United States of America are not happy with the deal. Even though the Obama Administration...
  • Women protest PakTaliban truce, imposition of Sharia February 18, 2009

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Government has given the control of the Swat Valley region to the Taliban but voices of dissent against the truce and imposition of Sharia are also rising. A woman, who fled the Swat Valley, says nothing good will come from the governmentTaliban deal. Fighting back tears, the woman, Gul...
  • Sharia imposed, peace returns to Pak's Swat Valley February 18, 2009

    New Delhi: The beautiful Swat Valley, also known as the Switzerland of Pakistan, is now under the control of Taliban. For the past many years, it has been the scene of fierce battle between the Taliban and Pakistani forces. Following the imposition of Sharia law and the peace deal, guns have...
  • Shariat: Not a written code, open to interpretation February 18, 2009

    New Delhi: Shariat is an allembracing moral code drawn from the teachings of the Holy Quran. It is not a written code but is an interpretation by an Islamic scholar. The imposition of Shariat laws in some parts of Pakistan has once again raised a debate among scholars of Islam in...
  • Taliban triumphed, holds victory rally in Pak February 17, 2009

    New Delhi: Twohundredandfifty kilometers from the treelined avenues of Islamabad, a triumphant Taliban victory rally in Swat celebrated Islamabad's surrender. Islamic Sharia law will now be the only law in Swat and surrounding regions of the North West Frontier Province. This is a good move by the Government. But we...
  • Sharia laws vary among world's Muslims and how February 13, 2008

    Paris: Sharia law is understood and applied in such varied ways across the Muslim world that it is difficult to say exactly what it is and how it could fit into a western legal context, according to experts on Islam. Full Islamic criminal law, the harsh code most nonMuslims think of...