The Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan used to be a resort area where people went for relaxation and like all such places formal ideas of dress and behavior were not rigidly part of daily life. But, with the influx of the Taliban, the old ideas of modern life will shortly be replaced with the old ideas of olden times. The Pakistan government has decided to introduce Shariah law across large segments of the northwest region of the country in an effort to appease Taliban insurgents. Any laws that do no comply with the strict interpretation of the Koran will be suspended. “This was the peoples’ demand,” said Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti. One assumes the “people” did not include representatives of women who seek to obtain an education.
A 30 member delegation of the Taliban met with government representatives and made clear they would only lay down their arms if Shariah law was introduced. The Taliban in the Swat valley have been burning down schools for girls and one can assume they still believe that modern education for girls violates Islamic law.
The price for peace in the Swat valley is acceding to Taliban demands. Naturally, the agreement was made by men for men and the women be damned!