Once again a government that claims to be progressive and enlightened has bowed to pressure from the mullah and backed out of making ammendments to a controvercial hudood law that is blatantly biased against women, or have they ? I will not go into the details of the Law which most of my readers will know, this law was enacted by Gen. Zia and I feel it was enacted to split his opponents and consolidate his power, some clauses in the law have nothing to do with religion but the Mullahs claim that the law is the word of God and it should not be messed with.
it is being said that the Government bowed yesterday to demands from MMA the alliance of the Mullahs and tabled the ammendments - Indefinately. I do not feel that is the reason the government back out of the ammendemet. My theory is that General Musharraf wants to stay in control as long as he can and for that he needs the support of the great powers. This ammendment got a lot of exposure in western media and everyone was looking forward to it being ammended. But by not passing the law the government has tried to prove to the powers that be that the mullahs are strong in Pakistan with a wide backing, which is not true. I feel the government wants to show that the Mullahs are strong and thus only a milittary government can keep them on a tight leash. For Musharraf to stay as the ruler of the country he has to use whatever tricks he has up his sleeve to keep the west on his site, and gain their sympathy. This action of the governemnt does that for him.