Scenes from Pakistan

From The Big Picture:

The government of Pakistan announced on Monday that it would accept Islamic Sharia Law to be implemented in its Swat Valley region, as part of a truce with local Taliban leaders. Militants had been demanding Sharia law, attacking opponents, burning scores of girls’ schools and banning many forms of entertainment. Gun battles between Pakistani security forces and militants have killed hundreds, while up to a third of the valley’s 1.5 million people have fled. A nuclear power with a growing economy, Pakistan’s government is still struggling for control of the country, coping with internal clashes and terrorism, that can bleed over and involve neighbors and allies, including militant attacks in India, and excursions into Afghanistan – inviting U.S. military operations that follow the attackers back into Pakistan.

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  1. Michelle,

    The Big Picture always delivers images that touch me, and make me appreciate my life.

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  2. lumpi,

    This world is going down… fast.

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  3. I wonder how the Pakistani government is eventually going to deal with the situation. By accepting the Sharia to be implemented in this region, they are shooting themselves in the foot. How can you work with people whose main goal is your destruction? It’s as silly as the Pope reintegrating extremists bishops in the Church. They are now bragging about it, and sure got a victory…

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