Bill against Hudood laws introduced -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Bill against Hudood laws introduced

ISLAMABAD, February 8 2006: Treasury members in the National Assembly on Tuesday February 7 lent support to the PPP Parliamentarians for introduction of a draft bill seeking repeal of Hudood laws.

The move prompted a walkout by lawmakers of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Already twice before, PPP Parliamentarians MNA Sherry Rahman had presented the draft bill in the house but could not get it cleared due to strong opposition from the government.

This time the government chose not to oppose the draft bill which was introduced by Abdul Mujeeb Pirzada on behalf of party legislators.

Law Minister Chaudhry Wasi Zafar said the government did not want to oppose it and it might be referred to the house committee on law.

The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), which was without any of its central leaders at the time, registered its opposition to describing the bill as anti-Islam and staged a walkout. The PML-N joined the MMA in opposing the bill and its members staged a walkout as well.

The government rejected a bill to amend the offence of zina (Enforcement of Hudood) ordinance 1979, (The offences of Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Amendment bill, 2005) on the ground that the courts have been made responsible under 1973 act to pursue such cases and help the female accused.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Kunwar Khalid Yunas’s amendment to the offence of Qazf (Enforcement of Hadd) ordinance 1979 (Amendment bill) 2005 (Amendment of section 6) was introduced with the support of PPP Parliamentarians.
Source: Dawn
Date:2/8/2006