Today, Pakistan's President Zardari signed the Nizam-i-Adl, or System of Justice, Regulation into law following the approval of Parliament. Rarely does a democratically elected chamber approve of such a vile, anti-democratic regulation. But then, Pakistan is a failed state - or about to become one. One with nuclear weapon capability.
This obnoxious religious regulation arose from the cave-in by the provincial government of the North-West Frontier Province and the jihadist movement in the Swat region that calls for a shariah-based legal system to be implemented in the area in exchange for an end to the insurgency. That included laying down arms. Is it surprise that the arms were not surrendered?
So, what are the development agencies going to do now in Pakistan?