Will not let Pakistan become secular: Fazl

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Multan—Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that the law passed by Punjab Assembly was conflicting with the constitution and terming it ‘Western agenda’ he said, “We won’t let Pakistan to turn into a secular state.”
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday he said, “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.”
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.
Fazlur Rehman said, “It seems that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will also fall victim to the law.” Lashing out once again at the bill, Fazl said that no one would accept bangles in men’s hands.
The JUI-F Amir taunted the Punjab Assembly members and said that they should be wearing ‘Zann Mureed’ (servant to wife) badges. Warning Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Fazl said that votes would not be able to save the government if he decided to topple it.
Fazl said that they were also against torture of women but the recent bill of women protection was against the spirit of Islamic teachings and the constitution.
He said the bill should have been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology. Fazl alleged that efforts were being made to push Ulema and religious seminaries to the wall.
Speaking on the occasion, Nazim of Wafaqul Madaris Maulana Hanif Jalandhary said that they would oppose women protection bill.
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.

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