Retrogressive mindset: Abolition of Council of Islamic Ideology sought

Published: April 1, 2014
Civil society activists hold protest rally outside Council of Islamic Ideology. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Civil society activists hold protest rally outside Council of Islamic Ideology. PHOTO: EXPRESS


Even threats could not deter activists from condemning the Council of Islamic Ideology’s (CII) stance on child marriage and demanding its dissolution outside the CII building.

A group of civil society activists holding placards chanted slogans against the CII’s controversial statements and appealed to the government to disband the body.

The CII, an advisory body that may present its views on legislation from an Islamic perspective if solicited by parliament had recently created a stir when they termed restrictions on child marriages un-Islamic.

“The CII must realise that it’s not a legislative body, so it better stop giving us views,” said rights activist Farzana Bari.

Despite receiving threats from the CII to discourage them from holding the protest, activists came to register their concern. Rights activist Farzana Bari said she was overwhelmed to see the response of people participating in the protest, especially the youth who had stepped out to support the cause. Some 40 police officials in riot gear encircled the protesters.

We oppose the retrogressive mindset of clerics sitting in the body, declared a joint statement issued by civil society. Rights activist Sarwar Bari said that recent remarks made by Maulana Shirani reflect the ideology of the body that wants to take Pakistan to a pre-Islamic era when killing daughters was a norm. “The anti-women mindset which would like to entrap women should be discouraged.”

The CII declared Women’s Protection Act, 2006, that provides relief to rape victims as un-Islamic. Its members opposed the domestic violence bill and declared the Family Law Ordinance 1961, that makes it mandatory for a man to seek permission from his first wife in case of second marriage, also un-Islamic.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2014.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Saleem
    Apr 1, 2014 - 8:50AM

    Indeed CII has contributed more to confusion than anything else and one wonders why this body shouldn’t be abolished.


  • Zaida P
    Apr 1, 2014 - 8:58AM

    The shameful decision of CII regarding child marriage has humiliated Pakistan in the eyes of the world. Not even Somalia and Afghanistan come out with statements like that. Recommend

  • Mj
    Apr 1, 2014 - 9:15AM

    All the people who want progress in the country should stand behind the call to abolish CII. This is the same council which blocked land reforms, citing them as ‘unIslamic’, and is now pushing for child marriages and polygamy.


  • Nikki
    Apr 1, 2014 - 9:27AM

    No, impossible.


  • Blunt
    Apr 1, 2014 - 9:32AM

    Is this the most important topic in the current challenging times of Pakistan, so it has been given the space of main headline of the first page of ET? Oh come on…..


  • waqar
    Apr 1, 2014 - 9:45AM

    ohh too many ppl protesting
    ET, please grow and and say clearly what you want to say


  • citizen
    Apr 1, 2014 - 10:14AM

    Please ban CII . It is voice of nation .When this protest was held? I wish i was part of it.


  • Moonchild
    Apr 1, 2014 - 10:15AM

    The CII needs to be abolished. Recommend

  • S
    Apr 1, 2014 - 10:36AM

    lol @ 4 people proestingRecommend

  • Dr Aftab
    Apr 1, 2014 - 10:39AM

    Abolition of IIC is not solution. The solution lies in leading this body by well educated and progressive scholars. This has potential to increase harmony and unity in the nation and earn positive image across the globe. I demand substantive reforms in this body.Recommend

  • Ali Raza
    Apr 1, 2014 - 11:30AM

    Well, what CII said was just taken wrong. They just said that child marriage is in Islam. And i explain it here that our religion consent the Nikkah of children. And it is necessary to ask their will whether they want to keep that relation when they become adult. If they don’t, then there is no imposition by Islam to them. I do not understand why people are shouting. This protest is a cheap stunt to get high lighted. Had some extremist made a protest against western or in-Islamic tradition, they would have been “attacked” by these so called en lighted media and people. If people do not like Islamic traditions and values in Pakistan, then they are welcomed to leave it.Recommend

  • Alee
    Apr 1, 2014 - 1:48PM

    What about the law that hanging of naked chickens in restaurants is promoting vulgarity.


  • censorship
    Apr 1, 2014 - 2:44PM

    Those seeking to silence the CII are seeking to restrict free speech. See:

    “The CII, an advisory body that may present its views on legislation from an Islamic perspective if solicited by parliament”

    They have as much right to air their views as anyone else. If you restrict them from doing that then where will you stop? Will you restrict all think tanks that you don’t agree with? Will you restrict protests like the ones that are the subject of this article?

    If you don’t like what they are saying then respond by airing your own views. But seeking to muzzle them is not right.


  • Sri Varahadev
    Apr 1, 2014 - 5:57PM

    What was the point of partitioning India with the express purpose of carving out a territory for the followers of Mohammaddenism if the unfettered sway of Mohammadden Ideology is sought to be limited by doing away with its guardian, the Council of Islamic Ideology?Recommend

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