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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC), on Tuesday, issued notices to the secretary Ministry of Law and Justice and chairman Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) regarding appointment of "at least" one woman in the CII.

A single bench of Justice Aamer Farooq heard the petition and directed the respondents including federation of Pakistan through the secretary President House, Ministry of Law and Justice and chairperson of the CII to submit their response in this matter.

After issuing the directions, the IHC bench deferred the hearing for two weeks for further proceedings. Maham Ali Khan, a member of the civil society, had requested the court to declare that Council should endeavour to treat the requirement of "at least" one woman as a minimum requirement and to seek out more diverse representation building on the requirements under Article 228.

The petitioner had stated that the significance of the Council has not only been affirmed repeatedly by the superior courts but its recommendations are regularly incorporated in matters of far reaching significance.

"The importance and urgency of such matters is underscored by the Federal Government's recent recommendation that the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill 2021, having already been passed by the National Assembly, now be reviewed by the council," maintained Maham.

She had said that this is just one example of the many instances where the Council would and has required a female perspective, even aside from the constitutional mandate.

She had added that other such examples include the Zina Ordinance, DNA evidence in rape cases and provincial variants of domestic violence legislation.

The petitioner had contended that given the nature and impact of its functions, there is clear legislative intent through Article 228(3) that the Council be representative of a wide range of interests and backgrounds.

Therefore, the petitioner prayed before the court to direct the Respondent No 1 to appoint members to the Council in compliance with the constitutional obligation enunciated in Article 228 of the Constitution and declare that the collective requirements under Article 228 are minimum requirements that must be met at all times for the Council to be properly constituted.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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