Pakistan’s new government is attempting a different approach in dealing with the volatile regions of the northwest part of the nation. It has agreed to allow judges to consider advisce from Islamic scholars in court cases. The decision marked a concession in peace talks aimed at resolving conflicts with Islamic militants who control areas around the border with Afghanistan. Provincial officials negotiated with representatives of the militant leader, Maulana Faziullah by endeavoring to satisfy their demands for a more Islamic approach to dealing with societal issues.
Pakistan government officials insisted, “there will be the same courts like anywhere in Pakistan, headed by normal civil and district judges.” So far peace talks with Fazilullah have brought about a cease fire. The question is whether the cease fire will lead to a longer term resolution of conflicts or will it be used to retool militants.