Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif Proposes New Islamic Political and Legal System

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif Proposes New Islamic Political and Legal System

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

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The Prime Minister of Pakistan proposes a new Islamic political and legal system based upon the Qur'an. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif controls two-thirds of the parliament, so the prospects for his proposal becoming law are good.

Sharif believes that crime in Pakistan is getting out of control, but the imposition of religious law on everyone will improve safety and morality.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says:

"Simple changes in laws are not enough. I want to implement complete Islamic laws where the Koran and the Sunnat are supreme."

There is, however, strong criticism in Pakistan over this. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is leading the opposition which is complaining that the imposition of religious laws on the nation would make strife even worse.

Asma Jehangir, a prominent human rights activist and lawyer, says: "In the name of Islam, Nawaz Sharif is trying to perpetuate a fascist rule."


Nawaz Sharif talks to Al Jazeera

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