President approves Sharia laws

February 16, 2009

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 15: President Asif Ali Zardari has given a go-ahead to the NWFP government to enforce Sharia laws in the Malakand region, including Swat.

“The president’s approval was sought because the provincial government cannot make any amendment to laws in Malakand without his approval,” sources said.

Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain claimed on Sunday that the president had promulgated an ordinance to enforce Sharia in Malakand.

President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the official version of the presidency would be issued after a meeting between the NWFP government and leaders of the TNSM to be held on Monday.