ISLAMABAD: Three opposition parties in the Senate – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) – jointly moved a motion in the Upper House of parliament to discuss the latest pronouncements of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CCI) about matrimonial issues.
On other hand, JUI-F, led by Fazalur Rahman, vowed to oppose the motion, which the party’s lawmakers said was not being tabled at the appropriate time. The pronouncements of the CII, headed by Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani, who belongs to the JUI-F, stirred a debate in the country about child marriage and second marriage by a Muslim man. It recommended allowing Muslim men right to remarry without the permission of his first wife as well as permitting child marriages.
CII’s recommendations on these issues would be forwarded to parliament as per the constitutional requirement. However, senators belonging to the PPP, ANP and PML-Q submitted a motion in the House that will be taken up today (Monday) as per the order of the day to discuss this issue. The motion has been jointly moved by PPP’s Senator Farhatullah Babar, Saeeda Iqbal and Rubina Khalid, ANP’s Farah Aqil and PML-Q’s Rubina Irfan. “These recommendations are against the half of the population of the country and we would resist such a move,” Senator Saeed Iqbal told Daily Times. She objected strongly to the public statements of the CII chairman and other members on the issue.
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