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International Law, The Sharia And International Terrorism: A Critical Assessment Of The Role Of Pakistan In The 'War On Terror'

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The present chapter is written with the fundamental objective of highlighting the difficulties of implementing the Sharia injunctions within the current political and constitutional frameworks. The chapter presents a case-study of the Baluchis and Pakhtuns of Pakistan two communities, whose rights have been violated during the so-called 'war on terror'. This chapter is divided into six sections. After these introductory remarks in section I, sections II and III present a brief evaluation of the sources of the Sharia and Jihad. Section IV traces the path to manipulation and human re-interpretation of the Sharia and the impact of such an exercise on the constitutional developments of Pakistan. Section V examines the post 9/11 scenario and the violations of rights conducted by the United States and Pakistani administration under the guise of countering the Islamist extremists. Section VI, the final section, presents a number of concluding reflections.

Keywords: "War on Terror"; international law; international terrorism; Islam; Jihad; Pakistan; Sharia



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