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Call to back resolution on Hudood law


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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on May 26 appealed to the parties opposed to changes in the Hudood laws to dispassionately review their stance.

The party also called upon the ruling coalition to endorse the PPP resolution in the Senate reminding them of Gen Pervez Musharraf’s call on May 25 to review the Hudood laws.

“If the ruling coalition did not support the resolution, it would only mean that the call for enlightened moderation is a mere charade,” said PPP spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar in a statement on Wednesday.

The PPP resolution states, “This House expresses the opinion that whereas Islam prescribes Hadd punishments for certain offences, the punishments under The Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance 1979 are unIslamic.”

No one should oppose this resolution given the fact that there is not a single verse in the Holy Quran which prescribes the punishment of Rajam or stoning to death for adultery, he said.

“The Hudood Ordinance 1979 was made behind the back of the Parliament without taking into account the views of a cross section of religious scholars and public opinion and prescribes punishments which are not ordained by the Holy Quran and Islam.”

He said the ordinance suffered from innumerable defects besides prescribing the unIslamic punishment of stoning to death for adultery. “The punishment of stoning to death for Zina in the 1979 Hudood Ordinance has nothing to do with Islam and the Holy Quran except that it has stolen the Islamic title of ‘Hadd’.”

Those who maintain that even if not sanctioned by the Holy Quran, Rajam still was Islamic because it was Sunnah are making a dangerous innovation, Senator Babar said.

It would shake the very foundations of the Islamic jurisprudence as it amounted to saying that even if an injunction had no basis in the Quran yet it could be enforced as Islamic just because in the views of some it was based on some saying of the Prophet (Peace be upon him).

He said it was obligatory for a Muslim to obey Sunnah but there were huge differences on what constituted Sunnah. Senator Babar said two separate commissions on the rights of women each headed by and including eminent jurists and religious scholars have also demanded repeal of the ordinance.

They have denied that the Holy Quran ordains Hadd punishment for certain offences but only said the ordinance made in the name of Islam and Hudood by Zia had nothing to do with Islam and must be repealed, he said.
Source: Dawn
Date:5/27/2004