Pun­jab’s pro-women law against Shariah, con­sti­tu­tion: Fazl

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Jamiat-i-Ulema Is­lam (Fazl) chief Fa­zlur Rehman re­mained highly crit­i­cal of Pun­jab As­sem­bly's re­cent prowomen en­act­ment and termed it a law which is in con­flict with the con­sti­tu­tion and cer­tain Shariah laws si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

While talk­ing to jour­nal­ist in Hyderabad on Satur­day, the JUI-F chief de­scribed it as an NGO-driven leg­is­la­tion, say­ing "NGOs fol­low the west for their pe­cu­niary in­ter­ests".

Fazl main­tained that this law seeks to in­trude the pri­vacy of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and it would tor­ment Pak­istan's strong fam­ily struc­ture which is some­thing lack­ing in the West. "Hus­band and wife are con­sid­ered part­ners in the West, but it is not the case in Pak­istan," he said and ex­plained that the pro­tec­tion of­fered un­der this law is al­ready avail­able in the ex­ist­ing laws.

"Is­lam gives re­spect to women in a man­ner that no other law in the world en­sures," said the JUI-F chief, adding that "this law makes a man in­se­cure". Fazl won­dered "it is the same PML-N which didn't sign pro-women leg­is­la­tion in Mushar­raf era but now it has gone even many steps fur­ther to in­tro­duce a con­tro­ver­sial law".

What kind of dis­tor­tion is this and what it wants to make of Pak­istan? he asked and said "it is an at­tempt to make Pak­istan a colony again".

Fazl said that mat­ter of ex­ten­sion of the army chief had been point­lessly made an is­sue in the coun­try as if it is the army chief him­self who has to de­cide whether to ex­tend his cur­rent ten­ure or not. I think it is the con­sti­tu­tional power and au­thor­ity of the prime min­is­ter and the govern­ment to ex­tend it or oth­er­wise, said the JUI-F chief

"Such de­bate [ex­ten­sion in army chief's ten­ure] doesn't look ap­pro­pri­ate in demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion," he said when it was pointed to him that politi­cians are talk­ing about a pos­si­ble ex­ten­sion and even ad­ver­tise­ments are seen in this re­gard. He clar­i­fied that since in Pak­istani democ­racy the in­sti­tu­tion of mil­i­tary has cer­tain edge there­fore an im­pres­sion is be­ing cre­ated as if it de­pends on the army chief him­self to ex­tend his ten­ure.

"It hap­pens only in mar­tial law where the chief mar­tial law gets his ten­ure ex­tended," Fazl main­tained. "Leave it for the peo­ple who are con­sti­tu­tion­ally em­pow­ered to take a de­ci­sion in this re­gard and if they al­low ex­ten­sion then no one should ob­ject it and if the ten­ure is not ex­tended then any­one shouldn't ob­ject ei­ther," he re­marked. He said that it is in­sti­tu­tion of army which is en­gaged and if there is any change in com­mand then new chief would de­vise to move for­ward.

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