ISLAMABAD - The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) unanimously gave approval to the extension project of the Research Wing for monitoring decision and law-making both at national and international level.

The council meeting decided that recommendation would be sent to all concerned departments immediately and to seek the reaction from federal and provincial governments on law making which would be contradicted with Islam. Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani chaired the meeting which was held at the secretariat of the Council.

While addressing the meeting, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani said: “We send recommendations to government in the capacity of Mufti and Mujtahid. If, in modern era the Mufti and Mujtahid do not have sufficient knowledge regarding national, international law and court decisions then they face difficulties in forming recommendations.”

Chairman CII Maulana Mohammad Khan Shirani floated the idea of expansion in the council’s strength so that more sections to deal with research on international level could be initiated from the platform.

Federal Secretary Law has also supported the move and said that if the council would unanimously adopt the proposals for expansion of its research wing he could forward the summary for the same to the federal government for formal approval.

The members of CII unanimously gave approval to the recommendation to put the process of expansion in the council’s strength in motion.

During the meeting the members grilled Chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Shirani for not taking the members of the council into confidence while declaring the women rights bills of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab Government repugnant to Islamic injunctions.

They were of the view that before coming up with the sweeping verdict against these bills and altogether declaring it un-Islamic he(Chairman) should have consulted the members as well.

The members of the council were also critical on the point that neither the provincial nor the federal legislatures were taking any notice of the recommendations of CII and asked the Chairman to take up the matter at appropriate forum.

Member CII Iftikar Hussain Naqvi suggested that CII should approach Supreme Court of Pakistan in this connection while Zahid Qasmi, another member came up with the suggestion that a delegation of CII should meet with President and Prime Minister to record its concern over the issue.

Winding up the debate on it Chairman of the council Moulana Mohammad Khan Shirani stressed that the council should focus on the agenda of the two days meeting instead of discussing these non-issues.