Council of Islamic Ideology debates public hangings in wake of Zainab Ansari case Feb 09, 2018 0 50 12345 DAWN.COMISLAMABADAmid calls for public hangings for child rape convicts, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Thursday debated whether public hangings could be possible in certain cases.CII Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz asked to what extent public hangings can be effective in curtailing incidents such as the rape and murder of Kasur's Zainab."We need to think about how to put a stop to incidents like [rape and murder of] Zainab," Dr Ayaz said. He also said that the committee needs to decide about the standing of DNA in Shariat.The matter was sent to the CII by Senate's Standing Committee on Law and Justice.The 'Paigham-i-Pakistan' fatwa recently unveiled by President Mamnoon Hussain also came under discussion in the meeting. Dr Ayaz said that the narrative and fatwa should first be made part of public debate and then be brought to the parliament."Pakistan can take a leadership role in fighting extremism," he said.Ghulam Mohammad Sialvi, a member of the committee, said that it was strange that the Ulema were stopped from giving fatwas regarding Takfeer (apostasy) despite the state having little knowledge of religion.He said that the scope of Articles 295 and 298 of the Constitution should remain limited to controversial comments regarding prophets, the wives and family of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions."Problems could be created if the respected personalities of every sect are included in the Articles," he said.Khurshid Ahmad Nadeem, however, was of the view that only the parliament and the courts should be able to decide on matters of Takfeer regarding any sect."Individual cases may be decided by Ulema," he said.Jamaat-i-Islami's Dr Samia Raheel Qazi called for inclusion of women and minority narrative in the 'Paigham-i-Pakistan' declaration."It is not only men's Pakistan," she said.The council is expected to announce its stance regarding public hangings late afternoon. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Pakistani top commanders signal cooperation with US Feb 09, 2018 0 56 Trump's New Year's tweet 'deeply hurtful' to Pakistanis, says Bilawal Feb 09, 2018 0 49 Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda gets 5-year jail term for graft Feb 09, 2018 0 356 Maldives' president sends envoys to Pakistan, China and Saudi for support REUTERS MALE The embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the imposition .. US, UK, France among 8 countries urge UN to take up Rohingya crisis AFP United Nations Britain, France, the United States and five other countries asked the UN Security Council on Wednesday to discuss the fate of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven from Myanmar, diplomats .. Nepal Communist parties get majority in upper house AFP Kathmandu Nepal's Communist parties have secured a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, the election commission said Thursday, paving the way for the leftist alliance to form the next government .. Weather forecast saves Pakistani wheat farmers REUTERS ISLAMABAD In early November last year, Muhammad Islam was surprised by news from the Pakistan Meteorological Department. The 40-year-old farmer learned that good rains were forecast for the crucial wheat .. Pakistan bans V-Day events REUTERS ISLAMABAD Pakistan has banned events promoting Valentine's Day, and media coverage of any such events, for the second year in a row after a court ruled the holiday un-Islamic. The Pakistan Electronic Media ..