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Grand Debate on Hudood Ordinance

Zara Sochieye (think for a moment) is a series of debates/discussions on various conflicts within Pakistani society arising due to contradicting interpretations. Here is an excerpt of the ad from Geo TV website:

The Hudood Ordinance was enforced in 1979 during the rule of Gen. Zia ul Haq. Since its inception there has been a great debate on the Hudood laws – a debate that has involved people belonging to all walks of life – religious scholars, lawyers and human rights activists. The debate continues, without any resolution, till this day.GEO aims to bridge the gaps that have been created within the Pakistani society and bring people together to the same platform to discuss matters with knowledge, tolerance and integrity. GEO will focus its programming and discussion on the most controversial law within the Hudood, which is the Zina Ordinance. There is one group of people who believe that the injunctions within the Ordinance are in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah. There is another group that believes that the Hudood Ordinance is man made which has lead to a misrepresentation of Islam.

The current debate (which will be in Urdu) primarily features Javed Ahmed Ghamidi and Mufti Muneeb ul Rahman (a mainstream barelwi scholar from Pakistan). There are few other speakers also and a considerable portion of time is alloted to views/grievances of audience which are mainly lawyers and feminist activists.

I hope it will be aired on Geo US and Geo UK as well. Please confirm local TV schedules.

5 thoughts on “Grand Debate on Hudood Ordinance

  1. assalamu alaykum

    It was shown on Geo UK; unfortunately, I missed most of it. Will you be doing a review of the programme?

    wasalam

  2. You haven’t missed much if you are already aware of Dr Muhammad Tufail Hashmi & Ghamidi Sahab’s criticism on Hudood Ordinance. Except of course the hue & cry made by some activists who seem to have staged there walk out at a particular time in debate when Mufti Muneeb came to podium for his final remarks. I hate to say this but Maulana Abdul Malik (who is an MNA from MMA) was acting like a textbook example of a hilarious mullah (the mullah which Iqbal talks about).

    There is a rerun at 15:05 PST today. See if you can catch it. In any case I’ll be doing my review in few days after I get time to re-read the complete ordinance once again.

    wassalam
    -Aasem

  3. Dr Hashmi is an Islamic scholar. I dont know lot of details about except that he has studied from Jamia Ashrafia of Lahore, Punjab University Lahore, Riyadh University Saudi Arabia and Open University Milton Canes. Currently he is the legal advisor to the Federal Shariah Court besides teaching at several educational institutions.

    He caught public eye after writing a book on hudood ordinance recently. I have not read the book myself but heard an introductory speech or two.

    -wassalam

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