SC dismisses petition seeking dissolution of Council of Islamic Ideology
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The Supreme Court of Pakistan has dismissed a constitutional petition seeking dissolution of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), reported 24NewsHd TV channel.
Lawyer Khawaja Ahmad Hussain filed the petition in the apex court beseeching it to disband the Islamic council.
A two-judge bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Monday heard the petition.
At the outset of the hearing, lawyer Hussain argued that the CII does not have any constitutional standing nor does it enjoy any authority. He said that the council had presented its final report to the parliament in 1996. He said that the IIC was required to take review of the country’s laws in light of the Islamic laws under the Article 230(4) of the Constitution.
“After the submission of the report to the parliament, the CII should have been dissolved,” the lawyer said.
CJP Bandial remarked that the CII presented its report after reviewing the laws enacted in the past. He, however, observed that to review the future laws, the CII was the only constitutional body which could do so.
The lawyer contended that now the Federal Shariat Court could review the future laws in the light of Islamic laws.
Justice Athar Minallah inquired of the lawyer which basic rights were being violated if the CII stayed.
After hearing arguments, the court dismissed the petition.
Reporter Amanat Gishkori