MIP to seek MMA’s support on Sharia Bill
LAHORE: Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan (MIP) Convener Maulana Azam Tariq said on Sunday the Sharia Bill was on the National Assembly (NA) agenda but it would be delayed till the next session for support from all religious parties.
Talking to journalists after attending a seminar on Hazrat Abu Bakar, the first caliph of Islam, he said: “I sincerely wish that the bill get the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) support because it is the same bill that the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) assembly had taken up.”
Asked that Maulana Samiul Haq had claimed that it was the same Sharia Bill that he presented in parliament in 1986, Mr Tariq said: “He presented the bill in Senate and I got the credit to present it in the NA.”
On the question of delay in the presentation of the bill, the Maulana said that the government would not object to the delay if caused to get the MMA support. He said he would meet politicians including MMA’s Secretary General Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Imran Khan, Ejazul Haq and Pakistan Awami Tehrik’s Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri in this connection.
He said the government and the opposition had reached a dangerous stage, posing a threat to democracy and democratic institutions. “It will also be harmful for the MMA, making it difficult to come out of the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) trap if it does not show maturity,” he observed. He accused the Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (ARD) of being insincere about democracy.
He criticised MMA’s Fatwa (religious edict) about Pakistan’s sending troops to Iraq, saying: “Pakistani troops are serving in various non-Muslim countries under the United Nations but neither the MMA nor any other party has ever issued such a Fatwa.”
“What will be Pakistan’s stance if Palestine and Israel’s neighbours recognise Israel,” the Maulana questioned. He said recognising Israel would also affect Pakistan’s Kashmir stance.
Tanzeem-e-Islami ameer Dr Israr Ahmad, Jamaat Ittehadul Ulema chief Maulana Abdul Malik, Jamia Naeemia’s principal Maulana Sarfaraz Naeemi and JUI (F) leader Maulana Amjad Khan also spoke on the occasion.