Welcome to Pakistan: The Council of Islamic Ideology was never meant to be a permanent body, so why does it still exist?


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Source: The Tribune Express

Published: July 5, 2016

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) is a constitutional body established under Article 228 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973. Given its increasingly obnoxious prescriptions, many in Pakistan are beginning to wonder if it is a good idea to have it in the first place. To this end the Senate Committee on Human Rights has recommended its disbanding recently.

There is merit in this recommendation because the CII was never supposed to be a permanent body. It was supposed to give its final report within seven years of its appointment. That final report was presented in December 1996 and as such there is no constitutional imperative to continue with the body anymore.

The makers of constitution, to their credit, did not envisage the CII to be a council of ulema or religious priests.

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