US concerned over implementation Islamic law in Swat, fears violation of human rights

April 16th, 2009 - 5:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr.16 (ANI): The United States has expressed serious concerns over the Pakistan National Assembly’s nod to implement Islamic law in the Swat Valley.

US State Department spokesperson Robert Wood said Washington has conveyed its concerns to Islamabad regarding the issue.

Wood said United States believes that violent extremists need to be confronted.

“Well, look, you know, our views on the whole issue of Swat are well known. And, you know, we believe that extremists, violent extremists, need to be confronted, and we’ve made that very clear. The government of Pakistan is aware of our concerns about this issue,” The Dawn quoted Wood, as saying.

Wood said the US is particularly worried about the right of women and overall human rights situation following the implementation of the Nizam-i-Adl regulations in the region.

“We’re very concerned about parliament’s decision, the decision of parliament with regard to the question of, you know, women’s rights. We’re going to continue to have discussions with the Government of Pakistan on these issues,” he added. (ANI)

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