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Changes in Hudood law sent to CII

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on July 11 said amendments to the Hudood laws had been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and would soon be put to the cabinet for approval after consultation with the CII and religious scholars.

“The government will make amendments to the Hudood laws keeping in view recommendations by the Council of Islamic Ideology and religious scholars,” he said while addressing the Ulema and Mashaikh Conference at Prime Minister’s House.

Shujaat said the law to restrict the use of loudspeakers in mosques was being drafted in consultation with clerics. He appealed to the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and clerics to support the government in its decision to restrict the use of loudspeakers.

He said the government had lifted visa restrictions on foreign students of age 13 or less who wanted to visit Pakistan for religious education.

Shujaat said the president was part of parliament and the constitution did not constrain the government from seeking his advice on routine government affairs. He said that President Musharraf’s decisions were in the country’s interests and that he had saved the country from crisis. He said President Musharraf was concerned about Pakistan’s future when the United States launched its military offensive in Afghanistan. “Who will save us if they bomb Karachi and Islamabad in a similar manner,” he quoted President Musharraf as saying at a meeting with him at the time the US began military action in Afghanistan.

Shujaat stressed understanding the root cause of terrorism for peace in the world. He said injustices to Muslims should end so that the world could live in peace. Shujaat said that the late General Ziaul Haq and his father Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi fell victim to terrorism.

He said that none of the seminaries in Pakistan were training terrorists. Shujaat said that he wanted to do something to be remembered by while he was prime minister and did not want to make decisions sitting in his drawing room.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Ijazul Haq said the government would not make laws against the Quran and Sunna. He rejected allegations that that seminaries were involved in sectarianism and terrorism. Religious scholars from various schools of thought addressed the convention.
Source: Daily Times
Date:7/12/2004