Policing the moral stables

Ayaz AmirIslamabad diary

By Ayaz Amir

A few days ago the Islamabad Police launched one of its periodic crackdowns on ‘foreign sex workers’. A handful of suspects were rounded up and a few were deported. The interior minister, who is greatly into these things, gravely announced that there was no room for such immorality in the Islamic Republic – a claim which must be taken with a large amount of salt.

Ladies associated with the profession from the Central Asian republics have long tried to establish a foothold here. From the reports one hears – although I have no direct experience, which is not to say that, given the choice, I would not like to have the experience – they manage a temporary presence in Islamabad…before the police, seized by another fit of morality, go after them again.

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IS ‘abducts Syrian Christians’

Islamic State militants ‘abduct Christians’ in Syrian town

Islamic State militants have abducted dozens of people, many Christian, from a Syrian town captured on Thursday from pro-regime forces, reports say.

They were seized when the jihadists swept through al-Qaryatain in Homs province, monitoring groups say.

Many of the Christians had fled to al-Qaryatain to escape fighting in Aleppo province to the north.

Islamic State (IS) has treated Christians harshly in other places under its control.

The group follows its own extreme version of Sunni Islam and has previously ordered Christians to convert, pay jizya (a religious levy), or face death.

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