Horrifying footage has emerged of a couple being executed by the Taliban after conducting an alleged affair in a Pakistan village near the Afghan border.
A local journalist captured the footage on his mobile telephone, which showed a gunman shooting the couple after they attempted to escape.
The man and woman, who have not been named, were both shot in the back, and left bleeding in a field until observers noticed that they were still alive.
The blurred footage shows a woman led to her fate by Taliban gunmen after allegedly having an affair. Both she and the man were shot dead
The film, which aired on Pakistani channel Dawn News, shows the gunman return moments later to shoot them dead.
The killings, which took place in Hangu District, a violent militant-controlled frontier region two hours from Peshawar, is further indication of the spread of the Taliban in Pakistan.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on the people of Pakistan to defy their government, after it signed a deal with Taliban in the neighbouring Swat Valley, shocking the West.
Distress is evident on the woman's face before the brutal execution, both she and the man can be seen attempting to escape before they are shot
'They need to speak out forcefully against a policy that is ceding more and more territory to the insurgents,' she said.
Professor Pervez Hoodbhoy, of the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad said: 'The Taliban are steady and confident, the government is weak and faltering.
'A Taliban victory will enslave our women, destroy Pakistan's rich historical and cultural heritage, make education and science impossible, and make the lives of its citizens impossibly difficult. Some are already contemplating exodus.'
The woman is shot, but not killed. The Taliban gunman returns after onlookers shout that the victims are still alive
The Swat Valley deal, which was signed earlier this month, now looks set to fall apart after reports emerged that the Taliban had assumed total control of the Bahrain region of Swat.
An army convoy driving into Swat yesterday was turned away, and a local, who declined to be named, told how check points had been set up, and that the Taliban had been kidnapping residents, including young women.
He told how local schools had been forced to stop teaching girls, 'yet the government says its writ is in Swat,' he said.
The horrific killing is an indication of the Taliban's spread in Pakistan
Military analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi said: 'The Taliban will not stop at Swat. They will come towards Islamabad.'
'If the army is going to take action against them, it is goimg to be a really bloody battle. And then civil government will be knocked out.
'Extremist groups based in Islamabad will move from within, and the Taliban will build pressure from outside,' he said.