KARACHI: Political leaders on Friday lashed out at Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for demanding fresh polls for Sindh Assembly after it passed a resolution condemning recommendations by Islamic Ideology Council (IIC).
Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly and Pakistan People’s Party leader, Shehla Raza, told PPI that Fazlur Rehman had no right to declare Sindh Assembly as dissolved because the legislators present in it were elected by the people of the province.
“I cannot understand why Fazlur Rehman is reacting over it as we had only recommended federal government through our resolution not to accept the recommendations of IIC,” she said.
The deputy speaker said that the recommendations of the IIC was totally un-Islamic and was without consultations of any scientist or medical experts.
She said that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto formed IIC but he also gave definition of child as a person below 18 years. “When national identity card is formed in 18 years then why a girl should be married before it,” Shehla said.
She said that in the history of Pakistan, religion is being used by religious parties to fulfil their vested interests and now this trend must come to an end.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Leader and member provincial assembly, Irfanullah Marwat termed Fazl’s statement as nonsense and said: “Whenever anything was stated against them, they reacted like this.”
Marwat said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not appointed Maulana Sheerani as the chairman of IIC to take wrong decisions. “Fazlur Rehman is criticizing the provincial assembly without going through the resolution passed by the assembly,” he said.
He said that the assembly had voted against the IIC recommendations over underage marriage, no DNA evidence in rape cases and second marriage without permission of first wife. “In this era where science has taken over the world, why a DNA sample should not be used to ascertain the rape victim’s claim,” he said, adding that how a woman can bring witnesses for rape attempt.
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf member provincial assembly Khurram Sher Zaman said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s statement was of no use as he had no representation in the assembly. “We are elected by the people of Sindh and the resolution against IIC was passed due to its anti-women stance,” he said.
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) leader Nusrat Sehar Abbasi condemned Fazl’s statement and said that it was not a joke that 169 members of the provincial assembly voted against a thing.
Meanwhile, MQM leader Syed Sardar Ahmed refused to comment on the issue and said that any remarks regarding Fazlur Rehman’s statement would be given after consultation within the party.