By Paul Wiseman and Zafar M. Sheikh
February 18, 2008
The Peshawar shopkeeper, 35, put up posters and went door to door for Islamic fundamentalists who promised to bring honest, competent and pious government to Pakistan’s backward North West Frontier province.
Never again. Aslam has abandoned the clerics after watching what happened when they grabbed power here five years ago.
“They promised to give us justice,” Aslam says. “They gave us nothing.” He’ll vote in parliamentary elections today for the non-religious Awami National Party (ANP).