Pakistan has a large Muslim majority population There were simmering tensions between the majority Sunni and minority Shia Muslims. At least 31 people were killed and scores injured after a suicide bomber attacked a congregation of Shia Muslims marking the Ashura festival in Hangu. In May , at least 57 people were killed, amongst them the entire leadership of the Sunni Tehrik group, in the suicide bombing of a congregation of Sunnis celebrating the Eid Milad festival in Karachi. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 4, people, largely from the Shia community, have died as a result of sectarian hostility since The Supreme Court subsequently annulled the draft law because it was 'discriminatory'.

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The PML-N abstained from the afternoon proceedings of the assembly. Opposition MPAs, wearing black armbands inscribed with slogans against the bill, stayed in the house till its passage.

In his speech he said the bill would remain invalid if it was not signed by the president under Article 4 of the constitution. Speaker Bakht Jehan Khan, who presided over the session, overruled the point of order raised by Akbar Khan and allowed the law minister to table his motion for the passage of the bill.

The house approved the amendment with majority votes. Earlier, winding up the debate on the bill, senior minister Sirajul Haq said the Hasba law would help eliminating anarchy and restoring order in the society.

He said the MMA was committed to moulding society on the lines of Islamic laws. He said the government was ready to incorporate positive suggestions into the law despite its passage. They said that it was a first step towards establishment of a society based on Islamic principles. The formation of the Hasba institution was aimed at uprooting corruption from government departments and society.

Wajihuzzaman Khan of the PML said the military establishment and religious elements were hand in gloves on various issues and had waged a mock battle to hoodwink the masses. He said his party was part of the political drama being staged to deceive the people.

He said the chief minister had accumulated all powers and was even appointing Class-V employees which spoke volumes about the vision he had for the province. They ignored me in the annual development programme. When I challenged their wrongdoings in the court, they started making delimitations in my constituency without inviting public complaints. He said the MMA was trying to impose a one-party system in the country. He demanded that the NWFP governor should not sign the bill unless it was again reviewed by the Council of Islamic Ideology under Article of the constitution.

He said this house had yet not fulfilled the requirement of the constitution. The MMA government had made the judiciary subservient to the Mohtasib, a nominee of the chief minister, he added.

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State's ruling alliance passes Hasba Bill

And whereas implementation of Islamic way of life revolves around Amer-Bil-Maroof and Nahi-Anil-Munkir and to achieve this objective it is necessary, apart from other steps, to establish an institution of accountability, which could keep a watch on securing legitimate rights of various classes of the society, including females, minorities and children and to protect them from emerging evils and injustices in the society;. Appointment of Mohtasib. Mohtasib not to hold office of profit, etc —- 1 The Mohtasib during his appointment shall not hold any office of profit or enter into any profession carrying the right to remuneration. Terms and conditions of service.


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Rizwan Ata article. The text of the controversial Hasba bill. An article by Senator Farhatullah Babar. Since a process of Talibanisation is going on. Major political parties, left, women groups, NGOs are opposing it.

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