The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has rejected the Women Protection Bill of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP), local media reported. The CII has declared most of the clauses of the bill as un-Islamic.
The KP government had sent the bill to the constitutional body of CII for evaluation and whether their clauses comply with Islam or not.
According to reports, the Council has sent its recommendations to the KP government and declared the bill contrary to Sharia. CII has declared that 33 clauses of the bill are un-Islamic.
The CII declared that the bill is the reflection of policies of Non Governmental Organizations NGOs. “The bill seems to be an effort to destroy the family system of the country,” CII officials said.
The reports further stated that the Council has also mentioned that definitions given in the bill regarding domestic and mental torture are vague while definition of a child is un-Islamic. “The age of 18 is not the age of puberty. It can begin before that,” CII officials said.
Earlier the CII had rejected the Women Protection Act passed by the Punjab Assembly in February, deeming it to be un-Islamic as well. Islamist parties like JUI-F and JI have also dubbed the Act contrary to Islam and held a meeting of all religious parties in this regard in Mansoora last month.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman is spearheading the negotiations with the Punjab government with regards to amendments in the Act. The government has agreed to establish a committee to solve the issue and address the apprehensions of the religious parties.