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Punjab govt halts implementation of Women Protection Law

LAHORE: The Government of Punjab has stopped the implementation of the newly-introduced Women Protection Law after the religious parties voiced strong objections on it, ARY News reported.

According to details, the notification of the approval of the bill into the law maintains, yet the notification implementing it has been withheld.

The law was to take effect from Multan, said the provincial law department.

Earlier, Jamat e Islami (JI) hosted a meeting of religious parties in Mansoora, Lahore. They gave one-and-a-half week ultimatum to the government to revoke the law, vowing to kick off a countrywide campaign against secular ideology.

Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman reiterated that the Women Protection Law is in contrast with Islamic teachings and termed it a part of international agenda.

JI emir Siraj ul Haq called the law ‘against women’s rights’.

The meeting, in its press release, stated that the new law ‘threatens unity of a family’ and it will result in increasing divorce ratio in the society.

It called for revoking the law by March 27 and to draft a new bill after consultation with the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII).

The religious parties also announced to kick off a joint campaign to oppose secular ideology in the state.

The meeting was attended by Maulana Sami ul Haq, Sahibzada Abul Khair Zubair, Hafiz Saeed and several other ulma and scholars.

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