ISLAMABAD - The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) will announce its judgment on Wednesday (today) regarding different petitions, challenging women protection law, adopted by the Parliament in 2006. It is pertinent to mention that a three-member bench of the FSC, comprising Chief Justice Agha Raifq Ahmad, Justice Afzal Haider and Justice Shahzado Sheikh, had reserved the judgment last month on different petitions. Various provisions of Women Protection Act 2006 and provisions of PPC had been challenged before FSC for being repugnant to the injunctions of Islam. The court after examining these provisions in the light of Quran and Sunnah, and hearing the views of acclaimed religious scholars of the countrry, had reserved the judgment Four identical petitions challenging the law were filed before the FSC between 2007 and 2010. The petitioners argued that the law in question was against the Constitution, which stated that Islam will be the states religion, and no laws will be passed which are repugnant to the Quran and the Sunnah. The petitioners Muhammad Akhtar, Abdul Latif Sufi and Abdul Razzaq and Aslam Ghuman had filed the petitions. The petitioners contented that clauses 365-B, 367-A, and 371-A & B, 493-A and 496A inserted in the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), through WPA 2006, were against the Islamic laws therefore, they should be removed from the PPC while restoring the Hudood Ordinance. The matter has been under debate before the FSC for several months. During proceedings, the FSC also examined laws pertaining to Zina (adultery) and Qazf (levelling untrue allegations of Zina) commonly known as the Hudood Ordinance of 1979, promulgated during General (Retd) Ziaul Haqs regime. Clause 365-B talks about kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman, compelling her for marriage, 367-A mentions kidnapping or abducting in order to subject a person to unlawful lust, 371-A mentions selling and buying a person for purposes of prostitution, 493-A describes cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage and 496-A highlights enticing or taking away or detaining a woman with criminal intent. Legal experts say under the Protection of Women Act, 2006, only the session courts (on a complaint) may take cognisance of such cases. The offence has been made bail able so that the accused is not jailed during trial. The previous regime had termed the legislation of Womens Protection Act as 'historic, and claimed that it was not against Islam.