Will not let Pakistan become secular, says Fazlur Rehman

Published: March 1, 2016
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JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. PHOTO: EPA/FILE

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. PHOTO: EPA/FILE

Expressing his reservations on the recently passed Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that he would not let the country become secular.

“We are with all those who want to end violence against women but by this law the country is going from one extreme position to another,” he remarked while addressing a news conference on Tuesday.

Punjab’s pro-women bill goes against Sharia, says Fazl

The JUI-F chief said the law does not adhere to the values of Pakistani society and contradicted religious beliefs. “This law is in conflict with the Holy Quran, the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Constitution of Pakistan and values of our country.”

Talking about the legislation, he said that his party is not against the system of lawmaking but it should be done keeping in view the Islamic principles.

Women protection bill will cause divisions within families and increase divorce rate

Religious parties have severely criticised the women protection bill, calling it an attempt to destroy the family system in Pakistan, even as the Punjab chief minister defended it.

The bill, which was unanimously passed by the Punjab Assembly on February 25, has 31 clauses, provides a system for complaint registration as well as penalties for offenders.

Under the law, a family court would fix hearing within seven days from receipt of the complaint. The defendant will have to show cause in court in the same week. All complaints would be decided within 90 days from the day of the receipt.

Reader Comments (13)

  • numbersnumbers
    Mar 1, 2016 - 6:44PM

    Fazl is obviously proud of Pakistan’s non-secular achievements in women’s rights such as honour killing, acid attacks, sexual harassment and general abuse of women!Recommend

  • bash gul
    Mar 1, 2016 - 7:47PM

    Moulana first get rid of corruption, then talk about secular, Islamic,democratic etc.Recommend

  • Salim
    Mar 1, 2016 - 9:29PM

    Mulla Saheb
    ,isn’t selling deisel illegally not against Sharia???Recommend

  • Aftab
    Mar 1, 2016 - 9:31PM

    We do not want a secular Pakistan, meanwhile we also want to get rid of militant and obscurantists religious elementsRecommend

  • Mar 1, 2016 - 10:03PM

    What has Mr. Fazlur Rahman done to make Pakistan a better country? He never condemns terrorism, corruption, violence against minorities and women, never suggests changes in the laws, never condemns suicide attacks, never speaks of doing away with the current police system and quota system, never talks of merit. What does he want? Salams Recommend

  • Ay Jay
    Mar 1, 2016 - 11:06PM

    Shut up, Diesel. We are aware of the new national policies and we support them. This is the right direction.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Mar 2, 2016 - 12:33AM

    Oh really! Looking for another ministry, I guess. Once he gets it then we be quite for a while. Isn’t how he been playing with governments in power; PML (Q), PPP, PML (N), ABC, XYZ,….

    Please go and clear your name with NAB first, declare your overseas assets that LHC been asking you to declare and then talk about something serious.Recommend

  • Insaaniyat
    Mar 2, 2016 - 12:42AM

    I didn’t hear the JUI-F et al do or say anything against the elements who have been terrorising the country for a generation. When did they come out to protest for all those who have lost entire families and their homes. The people are say enough is enough!Recommend

  • citizen26
    Mar 2, 2016 - 1:39AM

    If Maulana was vocal about current situation of women and had criticized honor killing, acid attacks etc then he had a point. Also opposing bill on grounds that it is against Sharia but doesn’t give any evidence. Sick of such people, infact a new bill should be passed against people and punishment should be imprisonment and lashes.Recommend

  • Shahid Pirzada
    Mar 2, 2016 - 2:27AM

    You cannot stop the progress of mankind. Most of the countries on this planet have become secular by their constitutions and Pakistan will be secular in due course. Religion is a private matter and it has nothing to do with the affairs of the State.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Mar 2, 2016 - 2:49AM

    Who does this corrupt mullah think he is?!Recommend

  • MSH
    Mar 3, 2016 - 12:15AM

    Who has given these Mullahas right to decide fate and system of this nation.The Mullah specially the Pathan Mullah had no role in creating this nation.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Mar 15, 2016 - 2:29AM

    Pakistan is neither Islamic nor secular. It is country where moulavis thrive, child abuse is in abundance, acid throwing common, abduction and killing is unabated, banks are robed. Where are you living Mr( Mulana Fazal Sahib. Dookan chamkana band kardain or Allah Allah karainRecommend

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