In order to understand the tribal logic in the Afghan/Pakistan border provinces,one should try to understand the principle of "Pashtunwali" -which is basically a tribal code of rules and codes,that has determed the local tribes -mainly the Pashtuns - for more than twenty centuries-.
So even Islamic Shari'a is less important to them than Pashunwali ! And the term Badal (justice/revenge) or blood-feud is the second most important rule.That means if somebody kills a member of your family the other family members have a duty to revenge the killing-even if it is in the next generation or the third generation after the incident.The more Pashtuns killed,the more Badal is spreading !
Pashtunwali gives no rights to women-they are not meant to be eligible for any sort of heritage ( but Sharia specifically determins the heritage rights for women ) and in the case of
adultery the simple rumor gives villagers the right to stone the two participants to death-whereas Sharia requires four witnesses.
[Edited 2008-12-14 09:12:50]
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