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May 30, 2013

Minorities to be unsafe if blasphemy law amended: CII

May 30, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has said that the existing blasphemy law should not be amended, saying that all the prophets are equally respectable. It said that the minorities would become unsafe if amendments were made in the blasphemy law.
These views were expressed in a meeting of the CII headed by Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani held here on Wednesday. The council said that DNA test is not acceptable but it could be considered as supporting evidence in rape cases. The CII said that Islam sets procedures to determine cases of rape, reported the Geo News on Wednesday.
APP adds: The CII directed the Punjab government to include the deleted chapters/essays from the curriculum of schools of the province. Expressing concern on the exclusion of certain essays from the curriculum, the council observed that the removed essays/chapters were reflective of the teachings of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and ideology of the country so the same must be included in the curriculum of Punjab schools.
The CII observed that curriculum plays a vital role in representing the culture ideologue and character building of a nation.The council directed the education departments of all the provinces, including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, to send their curriculum from primary to higher classes so that flaws in the curriculum could be pin-pointed.
The council also tasked Allama Hafiz Zubair Ahmed Zaheer to thoroughly pursue the curriculums and report to the council to enable it to purge the curriculums from any flaws in contrary to the ideology of the country and teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), the father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the country’s ideology.
The council decided to hold a seminar for ending contradictions between official and private Ruet-e-Hilal committees. In the seminar, the members of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and Private Ruet-Hilal Committee, Ulema and officials of the Ministry of

Religious Affairs would be invited so that a unanimous decision could be made on the sighting of the moon.
The council also passed recommendations for introducing amendments in contrary to the interests of women. The council forwarded several recommendations for elimination/amendments in the anti-women laws.
The meeting was attended by members of council Mufti Ghulam Mustafa Rizvi, Justice (retd) Nazir Akhtar, Justice (retd) Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, Dr Muhammad Idrees Soomro, Allama Syed Iftikhar Hussain Naqvi, Syed Saeed Ahmed Shah Gujrati, Allama Muhammad Yousuf Awan, Maulana Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Dr Muhammad Mushtaq Kalota, Maulana Muhammad Hanif Jalandheri, Mufti Muhammad Ibrahim Qadri, Maulana Fazal Ali Haqqani, Pir Mian Abdul Baqi, Hafiz Zubair Ahmed Zaheer, Dr Farida Ahmed Siddiqui and Syed Feroze Jamal Shah Khaikel.

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