NEW DELHI, August 1: After India’s Supreme Court last year outlawed the practice of instant triple talaq, the legal wing of Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) is now considering punishing the practice that some Muslim men resort to for divorce, reported The Express Tribune on Wednesday.
At a Council meeting later this month, this issue is supposed to be at the top of the agenda. The CII is a constitutional body of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which is responsible for giving legal advice on Islamic issues to the government and the Parliament. “This move came after the Indian Supreme Court last year in August imposed a ban on a practice that allowed Muslim men to give instant talaq to their wives.
The issue also became a hot topic in Pakistan and was debated at various forms,” said Council chairman Qibla Ayaz, to the Tribune.
He added that the Council had earlier this year first recommended making instant triple talaq – saying ‘I divorce you’ three times in quick succession – a punishable offence. Ayaz said the Council is waiting for the newly elected government to take charge. After that, it will form a caucus of supporters to push its recommendations.
The prime minister in waiting following recent general elections in Pakistan is cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
“The CII legal wing is weighing options to recommend imposition of financial penalty and imprisonment for men who commit this act. The CII is also looking forward to taking ‘ulema’ (clergy) and ‘khatibs’ (sermon deliverers) on board to make this topic a public discourse,” added Ayaz. (TNN)