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Women Protection Bill

20 November, 2006

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The passage of controversial women protection bill has plunged the country into a political crisis as the six-party religious alliance, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) has announced that its legislators will resign from the national assembly in protest against the bill during the next session to be held on December 6 and 7.

The religious parties have termed the bill unislamic, while the government and pro-Musharraf political parties dub that as in accordance with Islam.

Under the bill, the rapist can be sentenced to jail for one day only as the maximum punishment of the rapist is 25 years, while the minimum is not mentioned.

Religious parties fear that this would allow the rich and influential to get off the hook easily and many people will be forced to take the law in hand to punish the rapist.

Analysts believe that the military regime, already shaken by the killing of 80 civilians in a deadly air strike on a seminary in northern tribal area of Bajur on October 30, followed by a suicide attack on an army training center killing 42 recruits, could not afford any large-scale political crisis in the country.

On the other hand, the government has also submitted a draft bill containing various amendments suggested by the religious parties, to the national assembly with a view to quenching the simmering controversy.

Here are some questions
1) Was women protection bill need of the hour and more important than the issues like Karo-Kari, forced marriages, exchange of women to settle feuds, and non-compliance of women`s heir rights?
2) Chaudry Shujjat says if MMA proves this bill unislamic, he will resign. Now, who should be the judge to decide that?
3) Was there any US pressure behind the passage of this bill?
4) Do you think MMA`s resignations would contribute anything positive in this regard?

Reader Comments:

What I Say More Than That........

May ALLAH Bless This Country

Fahad Baloch, Pakistan - 21 December, 2006

WPB unislamic & ridiculous

Perhaps majority of the people do not understand of this new bill rather they didnt even try to comprehend it. If you go through it with and graps its content, i assure you that you would have a clear picture of not only this bill but the whole agenda of Mush, who is knowing and unknowingly bolstering Bush world game plan.
Now the only question left is how to know exactly about this bill? and the answer is a webaddress given below. I request you all to just go through this web site and read unbaised endeavours of various scholors (one of them has been directly involved in hearing cases under Hudood ordinance).
I request you all to please donot say your words unless you have a through knowledge of the bill.
web site is
May Allah give all of us strength to say wrong as wrong and right as right.

Asym Hyder, Oman - 26 December, 2006

Let justice be done.

It's not the question of Shariah or any other legal system. The main question remains how best to protect our women population and give them justice keeping in mind our own peculiar ground realities. We do not live in S. Arabia of 7th Century. We live in Pakistan of 21st Century, where corruption and injustice are the norm. We have to figure out how to protect our women from deleterious effects of a society dominated by our men.

Mohammed Elias, Pakistan - 28 December, 2006

Sex obsession

I know of no sane person who has ever God's directions that there must be witnesses to a rape, no matter what number. A witness who does nothing is as much the rapist as the physically active participant.

Time to come out of your medieval time warp.

Tom Edgar Australia, Aruba - 06 January, 2007


I enjoyed you news but, no recipes especilliy PASTRIES.
Thx Malika

RamonaMalika, Pakistan - 28 January, 2007


Difficulties in implementation should not be an excuse to change a law. Change the constitution it has been ceased every time army took over..

If its a matter of Islamic or non-Islamic.. then which Mullah supports the change? more then 98% Mullah are against it!.. who understand islam? is it we who dont read quran by meaning and dont understand hadith? or these Mullah?? why do people forget we comprehend islam by these same Mullahs..

Then read in detail Maulana Mufti taqi Usmani article published on the issue.
Regarding MMA resignation.. well they haven't but supportin some one who is ridiculing the islamic laws..

Faisal Shah, Pakistan - 05 February, 2007


As a Islamic nation Pakistan has failed to adhere to riba free transactions, so does it mean Pakistan is unislamic? leave this WPD jhamela and think possitive ! Most muslim countries are borrowing from IMF/WB to stay alive and are paying interest. Something that can not be done with. Islamic or unislamic? If unislamic why not make it islamic, And if u really want to make it islamic then HOW?

sameer, Pakistan - 11 August, 2008


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