ANP to move SC if Shariah Enforced in NWFP.


ISLAMABAD May 31 (NNI): National Awami Party (ANP), the opposition in the North-West Frontier Province assembly vowed to move Supreme Court of Pakistan if MMA dominated assembly if approves Sharia bill.

Such steps of Mutahida Majlas-e-Aamal aimed at introducing Taliban like Shariah. A central leader of National Awami Party and a lawyer, Latif Afridi while expressing concern over the new law said that the ruling six religious parties alliance in the province should not destroy the region like the Taliban. "They (MMA) have taken initiative by smashing billboards saying they are finishing obscenity and vulgarity. In fact, this is a kind of terrorism and violation of basic human rights. They have begun forcibly imposing their will on the people. If such an attempt becomes the law, it would be beneficial for the Muslims. They should not repeat the Taliban's deeds who destroyed their region through such acts," a western news network has quoted Afridi on Friday. The MMA has already banned pant kameez in the schools and under the new law, Islamic fiqah and Arabic language would be promoted in the NWFP colleges. But a PPP leader, Rahimdad Khan said that accountability law is already in vogue in Pakistan. He is of the view that the MMA wants to further strengthen and enhance its control through enacting new law. They (MMA) want to further strengthen their hold in the districts and entire province. They want to create their monopoly; otherwise nothing else could be done because an established law is already over here. They should improve this law. "We see dictatorial approach in such things," PPP provincial legislator said. Arms carrying would be banned following the endorsement of the new law and a special department would also be established to prevent evils. But the former PML (N) provincial chief, Pir Sabir Shah is also concerned over the law and hoped that the enforcement of the law would not crier the problem that had cropped up in Afghanistan. "We should follow and adopt the essence of Islam and Islamic teachings. This is need of the hour to go along side the world community. I think, we should ponder over it. Each and every point of Hasba Act should be thoroughly reviewed so that we may not be blamed that Islam is not in conformity with the contemporary demands. We should very cautiously work on it to make it a success. The Afghanistan like situation or the questions raised on international level about Afghanistan should not come on to the surface in the NWFP with the implementation of this law," Sabir said. NWFP Information Minister, Asif Iqbal Dawoodzai said, "This is mere a western propaganda. The foundations of an Islamic Government had been laid by Hazrat Muahmmad (Peace Be Upon Him) and caliphs of Islam. The constitution had been sent to us in shape of Quran fourteen hundred years ago. If it is implemented, one should not say that this is the Taliban Government or this and that. This country does have the constitution, law and assembly. Every law in our province would be introduced through the assembly. You have said that some people do have apprehensions and reservations but it would Insha Allah prove the next day that their reservations did not have any weight. The Islamic shariah would Insha Allah be enforced." Although Shariah Bill has been moved in the provincial assembly and is being debated yet the youths of the Jamaat-e-Islami have removed all the commercial sign boards and billboards having women portraits in different parts of Peshawar city. "We have implemented the orders of the chief executive and Chief Minister of the province, Akram Durani. When these (billboards) were not removed, we dispatched letters to the provincial administration including Chief Secretary and IGP demanding the removal of these billboards. When the Chief Minister, Akram Khan Durrani did not get it implemented, our workers removed clothes from only those billboards having women portraits," the provincial minister has been quoted as saying. In fact, NWFP provincial minister said, "we had held talks with these companies. Our Chief Minister and Senior Minister were also present in the meeting. They (companies) had agreed that they would remove the billboards. We had asked them to remove these signboards and paste Asma-e-Husna, hadith and Kalma on these boards inside of women portrait. They had agreed to it. The step of our friends who smashed the signboards was formally condemned and formal and legal action was taken against those elements who took part in it. They would Insha Allah be punished in accordance with the law." Some people are waiting to see as to what will be the reaction of the federal government if the NWFP assembly endorses the Shariah Law. An Awami National Party's leader, Haji Adeel said that they would approach the court if a law repaginates the right enshrined in Pakistan constitution is enacted.

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