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Hudood changes only on CII’s say-so: PM

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain said on July 14 that amendments would be made to the Hudood Ordinance only if the Council of Islamic Ideology recommends them.

Talking to delegations of the Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry and district Muslim League officials, Mr Shujaat made it clear that the amendments would depend on the report of the council. “If they recommend a change, we will introduce the change,” he said.

Shujaat stressed that no law incompatible with the Quran or Sunna would be promulgated. He denied there would be amendments to the Blasphemy Law. He said that the government did not want women and minorities discriminated against under the Hudood or Blasphemy laws. “We have sought recommendations from the Council of Islamic Ideology so as to make amendments to the method of implementation of the Hudood laws,” he said. Mr Hussain said his government was determined to end “the politics of character assassination”. “We want to make politics a gentleman’s business,” he said.

The prime minister asked party workers to monitor development projects to see that the public was benefiting as much as possible.

Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said Pakistan had initiated talks with India in the best interest of the nation. Religious Affairs Minister Ijazul Haq said the prime minister had made two sacrifices for the country. “First, he appointed Jamali as prime minister who was from a smaller province and now he has accepted the prime ministership for a short period just for the sake of the country,” Mr Haq said.
Source: Daily Times
Date:7/15/2004