SWABI: Religious scholars on Thursday claimed that the Punjab government had agreed to address their reservations against the Protection of Women against Violence Act 2016.
Speaking at a conference organised by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in Swabi, scholars said parts of the bill which are against Sharia will be reviewed in addition to other un-Islamic bills.
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JUI-F patrons Mualana Hamdullah Jan, Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, Maulana Shujaul Mulk, Senator Maulana Attaur Rehman said righteous scholars had managed to stop un-Islamic laws such as the protection of women against violence bill.
They added that people wanted change under the leadership of scholars. They hailed JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for taking a stand against the bill and compelling the government to take it back.
Decrying the west, they said it was the US, not scholars or Pashtuns, who were terrorists.
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Pointing to the party’s centenary celebrations planned for next year, they said the JUI-F would oust the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the next general elections.
Federal Minister for Housing Akram Durrani echoed those sentiments.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2016.