Pakistani Province Adopts Islamic Law
- [NOTE: Ridding the Pakistani government of the British codes of law
and replacing them with laws reflecting indigenous values is an
important step towards recovery from the ills of colonialism.]
Frontier PA adopts Shariat Bill
By Mohammed Riaz
PESHAWAR, June 2: The NWFP Assembly has unanimously adopted the North-
West Frontier Province Shariat Bill, 2003, here on Monday. The Nifaz-
i-Shariat Council, comprising Ulema of all schools of thought, has
penned the religious law , which shall come into force at once all
over the province, including its frontier regions.
The 15-point Shariat Bill was tabled in the House on May 27 by the
Mutahidda Majlis-i-Amal government. The parliamentary leaders of all
political parties, the MMA and two minorities lawmakers endorsed the
bill that promises imposition of Allah's rule on the earth through
His pious men.
The bill, based on the objective resolution and recommendations of
the Islamic Ideology Council, promised protection of personal laws
and religious freedom of all minorities in the province.
Abdul Akbar Khan of the PPP, who had proposed 18 amendments to the
bill, withdrew all his amendments on a request made by NWFP Chief
Minister Akram Khan Durrani. The chief minister told him it was a
comprehensive bill, which didn't need any amendment at this stage.
Earlier, Anwar Kamal Khan of the PML-N said this bill was an Urdu
translation of the Shariat Act, 1991. He said that bill was still
valid, because it was at the floor of Senate soon after its passage
from the National Assembly. The PML government could not get it
implemented as the Nawaz government was dismissed by the then
Mr Akbar said that under the Constitution only the Federal Shariat
Court and Islamic Ideology Council were competent to interpret this
law as all courts could not interpret it. Bashir Bilour said the
Pakhtuns, being devout Muslims, were staunch supporters of the
"You will not find any Sikh or Hindu, as they are in Punjabi and
Sindhi ethnic stocks, in Pakhtuns," he said. Felix Innocent, a
minority MPA, welcomed the introduction of the bill and said
minorities were satisfied on the passage of it as they had been given
legal protection under this law.
Chief Minister Akram Durrani thanked all Opposition groups for their
historic support to the MMA on the bill and hoped this cooperation
between the Opposition and the treasury benches would continue in
He said that this law had come into force at once all over the
province. He said he would follow in the foot steps of late Maulana
Mufti Mahmood, who had first introduced Islamic laws in the NWFP in
Federation to check NWFP moves
ISLAMABAD, June 2: The federal government would give more
administrative powers to the NWFP governor to check Talibanization
of the Frontier province, official sources told Dawn.
The sources said the federal government, as a first step, would
provide the governor officers of his choice who would be appointed
at important posts.The governor would also keep a close contact
with the MPAs of the PML-Q and the PPP-Sherpao.....
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