PAKISTAN: Whips of God

A lovely day for Islamic justice

It was a perfect day for an outdoor event in Rawalpindi, the former capital of Pakistan: balmy temperatures and sunny skies. But the 10,000 people who gathered last week at a large open field next to the Central Government Hospital were not there to watch a cricket game or polo match. They had come to witness a demonstration of the Islamic justice that General Mohammed Zia ul-Haq had decreed for his country: the public flogging of prisoners convicted a day earlier in a 29-hour Summary Military Court...

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