ISLAMABAD – Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) decided to contact Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to win his support on two bills relating to the women rights now pending with Parliamentary Committee on the Joint Sitting Bills.
The bills pertaining to preventing killings of women in the name of honour and the other seek to make DNA test a compulsory part of procedure in investigating rape cases are pending with the Parliamentary Committee on Joint Sitting bills, which also included the much talked about and controversial bill relating to PIA conversion into a limited company.
These bills were deferred when the committee met on March 29 on the objection of JUI-F Senator Moulana Attaur Rehman who wanted that the bills before the debate in the committee should be referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology.
He also objected to some amendments introduced in these bills by the government terming them unnecessary and unwarranted and later to avoid messing up of the matter the committee’s chairman Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid put off deliberations on these bills till April 6.
Sources in the government confirmed to The Nation that a team of federal ministers most likely led by Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar along with the legal team would meet JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to allay his concerns over these bills.
Sources in JUI-F informed that they were not aware of any meeting plan of the government team with Maulana Fazlur Rehman as right now he was abroad and would be back in a next couple of days so the meeting could not be arranged before Tuesday or Wednesday.
Sources in JUI-F said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman is open to dialogue and would also take up with the government team other pending issues as well besides these women rights bills, including the much pending issues relating to the seminaries reforms plan of the government.
Meanwhile in a media chat, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Human Rights Barrister Zafarullah confirmed the planned meeting of the government team with JUI-F chief sometime next week. He further said that the date of the meeting would be finalised on return of Maulana Fazlur Rehman from abroad in a next couple of days.