‘Where are the women?’, Islamabad High Court (IHC) questions Council of Islamic Ideology

The CII can’t have more than 20 or less than eight members. Currently, there are 12 members in the body, but none of them is a woman.

According to media reports, Islamabad High Court (IHC) has raised questions over the absence of a woman member in the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII).

A petition was filed by a citizen named Maham Ali Khan in this regard. During a hearing on Tuesday, Maham’s counsel Zainab Janjua told IHC judge Amir Farooq:

The lack of inclusion of women in the constitutional body that advises the legislature whether or not a particular law is in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah is against Article 228 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The counselor further stated:

The CII can’t have more than 20 or less than eight members. Currently, there are 12 members in the body, but none of them is a woman.

The petitioner Maham Ali Khan has requested that a woman member be included in the council. Following the petition hearing, the IHC has ordered the Law secretary and the CII chairman to respond to the petition.

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