12:00 AM, March 12, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 12, 2008

Govt won't pass any anti-Islam law

Law adviser assures Ulema on nat'l women policy

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Staff Correspondent

The caretaker government has not passed any "law" regarding inheritance, Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff yesterday said, adding that the National Women Development Policy, 2008 has been misinterpreted.
During a view exchange meeting with the Ulema (Islamic scholars) at Islamic Foundation in Baitul Mukarram, the adviser also said that the government has no plan to enact any law that goes against the rules and spirit of Islam.
"No such 'law' has been passed about inheritance and there is no question of enacting such a law," Hassan Ariff, also adviser to the religious affairs ministry, said adding "it is really regretful as a situation of misunderstanding is created over a matter that does not exist at all."
The adviser held lack of communication for the wrong representation of the policy and stressed the need for enacting Right to Information Act to avoid any such confusion over government decision in future.
At the meeting, the Ulema urged the Muslims of the country not to act on any rumours or speech that is given by 'people or the media who usually talk against the spirit of Islam.'
The meeting was convened as rumours spread that the latest women development policy contains statement on inheritance law that opposes Islam.
Hassan Ariff told the meeting that the responsibility of the present caretaker government is to hold election and there was not even any discussion among the advisers to pass any law regarding inheritance.
Acting Khatib of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mufti Mohammad Nur Uddin observed that no human being has the power to formulate rules or laws that contradict the Quran and the Sunnah.
"There is no question of ensuring equal rights to women on inheritance, but they should be ensured their due rights," he told the meeting.
Hassan Ariff further told the Ulema that the women development policy is not a law, it is only a policy to work out measures for protecting women from different forms of harassment and deprivations.
It does not even contain anything concerning inheritance, he added.
Commerce and Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman and Communications, Housing and Public Works Adviser Maj Gen Ghulam Quader (retd) were also present at the meeting.

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