Pakistanis are shocked -- shocked! -- by this footage, but as ever, few will follow through to the conclusion that sharia is the problem. We're told time and again, where sharia has motivated a savage act that makes global headlines, that the tenets of the law have been misunderstood, improperly implemented, or suffused with cultural baggage (and they don't mean from the Hijaz in the 7th century). The fact that sharia is so prone to such alleged "abuse" should be the first of many signs that the system is defective -- to say nothing of the letter of the law. It's only further downhill from there.
"Taliban gunmen shooting couple dead for adultery caught on camera," by Saeed Shah for the Telegraph, April 25:
Taliban gunmen have been filmed executing a surprised couple whom they repeatedly shot for the alleged crime of adultery.
Their deaths were squalid, riddled with bullets in a field near their home by Taliban gunmen as the execution was captured on a mobile telephone.
The Telegraph has the video at the link provided above.
In footage which is being watched with horror by Pakistanis, the couple try to flee when they realise what is about to happen. But a gunman casually shoots the man and then the woman in the back with a burst of gunfire, leaving them bleeding in the dirt.
Moments later, when others in the execution party shout out that they are still alive, he returns to coldly finish them with a few more rounds.
Their "crime" was an alleged affair in their remote mountain village controlled by militants in an area that was only recently under the government's sway. It was the kind of barbarity that has become increasingly familiar across Pakistan as the Taliban tide has spread.
But this time, with black-turbaned gunmen almost at the gates of Islamabad, the rare footage has shown urban Pakistanis what could now await them....