LAHORE - Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Senator Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani is going to stay in the office for three years, though the JUI-F, the party he belongs to, has parted ways with the PPP in the federal government and is also disinclined to ask his senator to resign under any pressure. The office of CII chairman is a constitutional post with a three-year term, and the incumbent cannot be removed before completion of his stipulated tenure unless he himself resigns or is found to be mentally or physically incapable by the competent authority, the president. Federal Minister for Labour Syed Khursheed Shah, who is also holding charge of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, said the other day that the JUI-F might be asked to quit the office of CII chairman too. Sheranis appointment was notified on November 22. Many believe that the CII chairmanship was given to the JUI-F as compensation since none of its parliamentarians was included in the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of judges. Maulana Fazlur had also at that time expressed his dismay over the governments move. JUI-F spokesman Maulana Muhammad Amjad told TheNation that the CII chairman was a constitutional post and the government should not link it with politics. The Maulana also made it clear that his party had no intention to ask Sherani to resign. He was also confident that the PPP government would not ask his party to vacate this office. On Khursheeds statement, the spokesman said the federal minister had denied having made such a statement in his private conversation with the JUI-F parliamentarians. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the PPP is not in a mood to exert pressure on JUI-F leadership to seek resignation from Sherani, at least for the time being. A PPP source said his party would not like to spoil its relations with the Maulana. Constituted in 1962, the CII is a constitutional body to advise the government in legal matters relating to Islam. Since then, only two of its 12 chairmen - Justice Abu Saleh Muhammad Akram (the first) and Maulana Kausar Niazi - could not complete their three-year tenure as they died while they were occupying their office. Sherani is 13th chairman of the council.