“The Council of Islamic Ideology’s (CII) has the power to propose a draft resolution regarding the protection of children from abuse.” –This was said in a press conference on Wednesday by Maulana Sherani, Chairman of the CII.

Article 230 of the Constitution of 1973, which deals with the functions of CII, does not mention that CII can propose draft resolutions.

It states,

“The functions of the Islamic Council shall be-

a. to make recommendations to Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) …. of enabling and encouraging the Muslims of Pakistan to order their lives … in accordance with the principles and concepts of Islam…;

b. to advise a House, a Provincial Assembly, the President or a Governor on any question referred to the Council;

c. to make recommendations as to the measures for bringing existing laws into conformity with the injunctions of Islam and the stages by which such measures should be brought into effect; and

d. to compile in a suitable form, for the guidance of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) and the Provincial Assemblies...

3. Where a House ….considers that, … the making of the proposed law… should not be postponed until the advice of the Islamic Council is furnished, the law may be made before the advice is furnished:

Thus, as it stands, the Council cannot make draft resolutions for the Parliament to adopt and unilateral action would be illegal and unconstitutional.