Ulema pledge to protect ‘Hudood-e-Islami' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Ulema pledge to protect ‘Hudood-e-Islami’

ISLAMABAD, July 07 2006: Religious parties pledged to protect ‘Hudood-e-Islami’ during an ‘Ulema and Mashaikh Convention’ held here July 06. The convention, which was convened by Majlis Tahaffuz-e-Hadood-e-Islami, Pakistan (Rawalpindi-Islamabad wing), passed a declaration, saying, “We will give every sacrifice for protection of Islamic laws and ‘Hadood-e-Islami’.”

Addressing a press conference after the convention, Ulema-e-Ittehad Pakistan President Maulana Abdul Maalik, MNA, said that ‘Hudood-e-Islami’, including punishment for rape with consent and rape by force, theft, drinking alcohol and dacoity, are proved in Holy Qur’aan and Sunnah of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). He said the convention strongly condemned the government’s encouraging of western NGOs and so-called intellectuals, who have been issuing statements against ‘Hudood-e-Islami’. Through its declaration, the convention observed that the existing formation of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) is against the spirit of the constitution and Shariah as it is dominated by secular elements.

The declaration says the clauses in Hudood Ordinance should remain there as per ‘Hudood-e-Islami’ and any improvement could be made with the consultation of religious scholars. The convention was attended by ‘ulema’ belonging to Ittehad Tanzeemat Madaris-e-Deenia, including Maulana Abdul Maalik, MNA, Hakeem Qari Gul Rehman, MNA, Dr. Muhammad Sarfraz Naeemi, Sahibzada Saeedur Rehman, Dr. Attaur Rehman, Muhammad Ishaq Zafar, Muhammad Abdul Mustafa, Abdul Waheed Qasmi, Rehmatullah Khalil, Naib Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Liaquat Baloch, Mian Muhammad Aslam, MNA, Shamsur Rehman Swati, Gul Andaz Abbasi, Syed Uzair Hamid and others.

The convention urged President General Pervez Musharraf to fulfil his promise to facilitate issuance of visas to foreign students intending to get admissions in seminaries of Pakistan. The convention urged the government to restore ‘religion column’ in national identity cards. It also demanded of the government that certificates and degrees issued by seminaries attached with Wafaqul Madaris Al Arabia Pakistan, Tanzeemul Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan, Wafaqul Madaris Al Salfia Pakistan, Wafaqul Madaris Al Shia Pakistan and Rabatul Madaris Al Islamia Pakistan should be made equal to those of FA, BA and MA.

Maulana Abdul Maalik told journalists that the convention also observed that the chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court is a controversial personality, therefore, a non-controversial person, having knowledge of Islam, should be appointed. The convention condemned the government for removing the subject of Islamiyat from the syllabi classes I and II.
Source: The News
Date:7/7/2006