‘Centre will disallow Hisbah Bill’
By Iqbal Khattak
PESHAWAR: The federal government may move the Supreme Court against the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) government in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) as the controversial Hisbah Bill that critics allege will ‘introduce the Taliban-style’ rule in the province
“The federal government will not allow this to happen,” a source told Daily Times on Thursday on condition of anonymity. “The MMA is likely to be confronted in the court of law on this issue,” he added. The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-QA) central secretary-general Anwar Saifullah Khan said, “Possibility is there someone from the PML QA may challenge it in the Supreme Court.”
Talking to Daily Times via phone from Islamabad, Mr Khan said the Frontier province did not need another such bill as in the 1973 Constitution Islamic laws were protected. “We don’t need new laws. What we need is implementation of the existing laws,” he argued to reject the MMA-tabled Shariah Bill 2003 in the Frontier Assembly on Tuesday.
Mr Khan accused Akram Khan Durrani-led MMA government of introducing the bill for “political mileage.” He said the Hisbah Bill clashed with the Constitution. In the bill, all courts were barred from challenging vice and virtue department decisions and no court could stay its decisions. “The federal government will neither support it nor allow its approval,” Mr Khan was quoted as saying while talking to journalists in Peshawar on Wednesday. “In an Islamic state, un-Islamic laws cannot be enforced. The (provincial) government should cease such plans and start serving its people,” he told a group of journalists.