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Pakistans system of criminal law changed radically in 1979, when the military regime of General Zia-ul-Haq embarked upon a process of Islamisation by promulgating a set of Islamic penal laws and establishing Shariat Benches in the superior judiciary of Pakistan. This chapter is concerned with the practice of Sharia law in Pakistan and the introduction Islamic criminal law of culpable homicide and murder in Pakistan. The term Islamic law is more commonly employed by traditional Islamic scholars, jurists, researchers and sectarian leaders of Islam to justify their brand of Islamic law, their interpretations of the injunctions, and a set of rules as the Shariah itself. Bibliographical studies on Islamic law by various scholars of the twentieth and twenty-first century confirm that Islamic criminal law has been a relatively neglected area of study.

Keywords: Islamic criminal law; Shariah law



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