(CBS NEWS) ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A clash of values is playing out in Pakistan, as adherents of Islamic sharia law try to block legislation aimed at protecting women from discrimination and violence.

A new, yet-to-be-enacted law to protect women in Pakistan’s most populous province has invoked the ire of conservatives who say the country’s constitution and the tenets of Islamic law provide sufficient protection.

Violence and discrimination against women is rife in Pakistan, costing millions in productivity and family health care and slowing social progress.

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