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Tackling Taliban

THIS refers to the letter ‘Defining Taliban’ (Nov 15) by S.K. Hussain who has discussed Thuggee and Dacoit Suppression Acts 1836-1848.

Our parliament should match the courage of little Malala and enact a law similar to the law made by the then East India Company’s Lord William Bentinck and executed by William Henry Sleeman.

The thugs were eliminated within a year by using the Acts. The Acts empowered the courts to sentence an accused of thuggery only on the evidence of a single witness even if the witness was a turncoat thug.


Comments (11) Closed

Nov 29, 2012 05:17pm
Law already exists in Books. Pak Constitution # 256 says, no Non Government Militias permitted. All JehaaDi grous and Taliban are just that if Pak Military is claiming they do not work for it. Problem is Pak Military, not courts.
Dr Khan
Nov 28, 2012 08:19pm
superb reply!!!!!!
anwar kamal
Nov 29, 2012 02:36am
Taliban now Frankeinstein.
Nov 28, 2012 07:00pm
Bring the system of capital punishment and need not to wait for an year too.
Nov 28, 2012 09:42am
Somebody has the right idea finally
Nov 28, 2012 08:01pm
A brilliant idea at last ! it needs courage, determination and sincerity. Wish somebody comes forward to implement it.
Nov 28, 2012 03:21pm
The British had this idea 160 years ago. And they implemented it. Something beyond the reach of Pakistan even with today's technology available to it.
Agha Ata
Nov 28, 2012 01:12pm
Ideas are plenty. What we need is William Henry Sleeman!
Nov 28, 2012 02:12pm
Need seriousness and whole hearted effort with public backing...any good idea will work.
Nov 28, 2012 03:50pm
What we need to do is give the Taliban a taste of their own medicine. Arrests quick trials and instant sentencing. These men need to be paraded on national television as the faces of evil who are being wipped of the face of the earth.
Nov 29, 2012 12:12am
Our judicial system is morally corrupt. Malik Ishaq was allowed to walk free based on lack of evidence, his organization has claimed responsibility for many killings, yet there is a lack of evidence?