ISLAMABAD -  The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has invited Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid to attend a day-long seminar on the role of various state entities in the Islamic republic and how their functioning could be further spruced up on December 7th.

It would be the last event the CII incumbent Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani would be chairing as the chief of the council as he would be retiring on December 8th.

The council will again hold a session to pay farewell to Maulana Sherani on December 8th.

If the prime minister decides to attend the seminar it would be the first time any chief executive of the country will attend a CII event.

Till the time this report was sent to the press, there was no word from the prime minister’s media team about decision to attend the event or not.

On the other hand, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani’s three-year term will culminate on 18th of this month and it would be his second consecutive term as chairman CII, having the status of a federal minister.

Belonging to Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-Fazl) Moulana Mohammad Khan Sherani is considered as one of the most powerful man after JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman from the party.

It is expected that Maulana Sherani would try to get another stint in office for which some insiders in the JUI-F have informed The Nation, the party chief had already extended request to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sources in the JUI-F said that Maulana Sherani was a sitting MNA from Balochistan and also held the position of provincial head of the party and was considered as a close associate of the party chief.

Recently, he landed in controversy over some of his comments on the women rights bills floated by the Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa governments and his verbal brawl with Maulana Tahir Ashrafi could affect his endeavour to retain the slot of chairman CII, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentarian commented.