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Sharia is the law of the land in Swat valley

Video by FRANCE 2

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-03-26

Since Pakistani Taliban were given a safe haven in the Swat valley, 160 kilometres from Islamabad, the region - once a tourist destination - has been ruled exclusively by Islamic Sharia law. The images shown here were filmed by Islamists.

In the remote Swat valley, Pakistani authorities have allowed Islamist radicals to apply Sharia as the law of the land.

Both men in this report were condemned to death for the murder of a taxi driver. Two members of the driver's family were allowed to shoot them. They missed the target several times before, eventually, succeeding in their sordid task.

A crowd gathered around the bodies as people were encouraged to watch the execution; a gruesome warning to those tempted to break the law.

Date created : 2009-03-26

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