ISLAMABAD - Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Chairman Muhammad Khan Sheerani has said some clauses of the Domestic Violence Bill adopted by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly are in ‘conflict with Islamic laws’.

The council will come up with formal recommendations on it today, he told the media after the CII meeting yesterday.

Sheerani said the council discussed the Domestic Violence Bill in its session and they would continue debate on it as well as the Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2016 in their today’s sitting.

In reply to a question, Sheerani said since he did not went through the Punjab’s piece of legislation, he could not comment on it. He said he has sought its Urdu translation and the council members would deliberate upon it today.

However, he saw some clauses of KP bill being in conflict with Islamic laws and said that as Islam is the state religion; therefore, no law can be passed in the country which is in conflict with Islamic injunctions. The CII chairman said women rights are protected in Islam and opined that there is no need of any other law for protecting their rights.

Sheerani said by making laws repugnant to Islam, the governments and assemblies were violating the Objectives Resolution adopted in 1949 and the constitution of Pakistan. He called for invoking Article 6 of the constitution against them for committing such ‘grave mistakes’.

He stressed that legislatures should take the advice of CII, a constitutional body, before making such laws and recalled the General Zia’s era when no legislation could be done without clearance from the council. According to Article 227 and 228 of the constitution, no law which is repugnant to Islam could be enacted and in this connection the council under the constitution is required to intimate the timeframe it requires to wet the bill or law within 15 days of receipt of the same to respective federal or provincial government.


Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: Justice Shahid Waheed of the Lahore High Court yesterday refused to hear a writ petition filed against Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2016 as un-Islamic holding that it did not come under the jurisdiction of the court. The judge observed that the petition was related to Islamic injunctions and the higher court had no power to take up such matter. “Under Article 203(d) of the Constitution, Federal Shariat Court is the proper forum to take up such matter, the judge remarked. The counsel for the petitioner withdrew the petition as the judge gave her option to do so.

Lawyer Naheed Baig had filed the petition and submitted that PWA was aimed at disturbing the family setup of the province. She said the position of man given by Holy Quran was being affected by definition of a man given by the PWA. She prayed to the court to declare the PWA as illegal, unconstitutional and un-Islamic.