CII seeks en­hanced pun­ish­ment for mis­use of fat­was

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY TARIQ BUTT

ISLAMABAD: Coun­cil of Is­lamic Ide­ol­ogy(cii)chair­man­drqi­blaayaz has said that the or­gan­i­sa­tion would rec­om­mend en­hanced pun­ish­ment for those who is­sue de­crees (fat­was) of death for heresy.

He said the CII was plan­ning to in­voke par­lia­men­tary help in this re­gard as in­di­vid­u­als and groups are not em­pow­ered to is­sue fatwa on heresy.

Dr Ayaz said af­ter a CII meet­ing that leg­is­la­tion process for in­ter­est-free sys­tem was be­ing com­pleted. He said that pres­ence of min­is­ter in the CII meet­ing relects the gov­ern­ment’s se­ri­ous­ness in im­ple­ment­ing its rec­om­men­da­tions. He said that giv­ing the sta­tus of con­sul­ta­tive body to CII would also put an end to re­li­gious chaos and un­rest.

Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony Noorul Haq Qadri said there would be no room for in­ter­est­based eco­nomic sys­tem while fol­low­ing the role model of the state of Mad­i­nah.

He told re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing the CII meet­ing that the gov­ern­ment would grad­u­ally move to­wards in­ter­est­free sys­tem.

“To start with, we will en­cour­age and pro­mote in­ter­est-free bank­ing sys­tem in Pak­istan where we are try­ing to fol­low the role model of state of Mad­i­nah,” he said.

The min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment would also re­quire rec­om­men­da­tions from the CII to fulill its com­mit­ment to root out in­ter­est from the eco­nomic sys­tem of the coun­try. He said the present gov­ern­ment would take full beneit from ex­per­tise of the CII and save it from be­com­ing a non-ac­tive in­sti­tu­tion. “We will give weight to CII rec­om­men­da­tions.”

He said the CII was a con­sti­tu­tional body and, there­fore, Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan would also meet its chair­man and mem­bers.

Noorul Haq Qadri

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