Punjab's pro-women law against Shariah: Fazl

Published: Sun 28 Feb 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 29 Feb 2016, 10:01 PM

 Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam (Fazl) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has criticised the protection of women against violence bill recently passed by the Punjab Assembly and termed it a law which is in conflict with the constitution and certain Shariah laws.
While talking to journalist in Hyderabad on Saturday, the JUI-F chief described it as an NGO-driven legislation, saying "NGOs follow the west for their pecuniary interests".
Fazl maintained that this law seeks to intrude the privacy of every individual and it would torment Pakistan's strong family structure which is something lacking in the West.
"Husband and wife are considered partners in the West, but it is not the case in Pakistan," he said and explained that the protection offered under this law is already available in the existing laws.
"Islam gives respect to women in a manner that no other law in the world ensures," said the JUI-F chief, adding that "this law makes a man insecure".
Fazl wondered "it is the same PML-N which didn't sign pro-women legislation in Musharraf era but now it has gone even many steps further to introduce a controversial law". What kind of distortion is this and what it wants to make of Pakistan? he asked and said "it is an attempt to make Pakistan a colony again".
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on the other hand has welcomed the bill and expressed confidence it would help curb cases of domestic violence and strengthen the status of women in their social and economic status. 

By Afzal Khan

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