Sindh Assembly calls for dissolution of CII

Published: March 31, 2014
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Instead of solving issues, CII is creating divisions and more confusion in the minds of people, states the resolution. PHOTO: PPI

Instead of solving issues, CII is creating divisions and more confusion in the minds of people, states the resolution. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: Irrespective of their political differences, the lawmakers of Sindh have not only criticised the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), but have also tabled a resolution calling for the dissolution of the council entirely.

The assembly showed strong reservations about the recent recommendations of the CII that, they believe, reveal a complete indifference and insensitivity towards women.

“No minimum age for marriage, recommendations against DNA testing for rape cases and no requirement of the wife’s consent for a second marriage are recommendations by the council’s head that are regressive and anti-women,” states the resolution, which was moved by Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, an MPA from the Pakistan Muslim League — Functional (PML-F).

The resolution also states, “It looks like instead of solving the issues, the CII is creating divisions and more confusion in the minds of people.”

The resolution recommends that the council should be done away with since it is unable to perform a positive role.

In her speech, Rashdi said, “If 18 years is the mandatory age for ID cards and driving licenses then why can’t the same age limit be fixed for marriage? Our society cannot tolerate child marriages in this modern world.”

Syed Sardar Ahmed of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)  said that the council, which was established under Article 228 of the constitution, cannot impose its decision.

“The government should appoint those members of the council who have proper knowledge of religion and traditions,” he said.

Irfanullah Marwat of the Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz (PML-N) also stated that the CII should be done away with entirely.

During the Sindh Assembly session, the issue of rape cases in Karachi and other districts was also raised by assembly members who demanded that to make DNA testing mandatory and usable as evidence in rape cases. 

We will not defer to CII’s recommendations and we want to making DNA testing mandatory,” said Dr Sikandar Mandhro, the minister for parliamentary affairs.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Asad Shairani
    Mar 31, 2014 - 6:42PM

    These MPAs are good for something at least!

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  • Candid1
    Mar 31, 2014 - 6:45PM

    Good step by Sindh Assembly. Other provinces should adopt similar resolutions, and do away with the CII.

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  • concerned
    Mar 31, 2014 - 6:58PM

    One of the very few moves by the Sindh Assembly that deserve recognition. Very well played.

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  • CII 2.0
    Mar 31, 2014 - 7:03PM

    Yes I support its dissolution, or as a minimum get some real Alim’s on it (not the Zia era Afghani maulvis)…

    The bearded dude in fancy dress who’s picture keeps coming and who keeps pushing for child marriage, may have some kid that he wants to marry in mind and so desperate to get the age lowered … who knows??

    Lets export the CII to Kandahar for good….

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  • Mj
    Mar 31, 2014 - 7:51PM

    Great move. The committee which stands for pedophilia and abuse of women should be dissolved.Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Mar 31, 2014 - 8:06PM

    Very positive move, showing that the country wants to move foreward not backwards. Step by step.Recommend

  • Noman
    Mar 31, 2014 - 9:07PM

    Pseudo-liberals are spot on in this thread.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Mar 31, 2014 - 9:27PM

    Finally something sensible comes out of the provincial assembly. About time, giving these backwater mullahs an official national platform to spread their warped views with is the last thing this country needs right now.

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  • Shahid Pirzada
    Mar 31, 2014 - 9:32PM

    Excellent move. I hope Sindh can lead Pakistan into modern era.

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  • Tani
    Mar 31, 2014 - 9:45PM

    Good decision. Now Sindhi culture of tolerance,peace and brotherhood can flourish again.

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  • Hasan
    Mar 31, 2014 - 9:47PM

    Sindh Assembly is over-exceeding its bounds. CII is a team permitted as per constitution. Prov. Assembly’s shall not decivde or intervene on who is to be in those committee or to disband them. I’m glad MQM’s MPA was correct to point out the consitutional refrence inregards to it.

    If they wan’t to ammed the councli or disband it, the matter should brought up in National Assembly, all these parties mentioned in the article, have there members in NA. Its time to do serious meaningfull work. Not just solgan mongering from side lines.

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  • Moiz Omar
    Mar 31, 2014 - 9:52PM

    I am with the Sindh Assembly!

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Apr 28, 2014 - 6:56PM

    @Noman:
    “Pseudo-liberals are spot on in this thread.”

    .
    @Noman: Would you rather prefer lowering the age further from than 6 years to four months?

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