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Dr Qibla Ayaz appointed new Council of Islamic Ideology chief

ISLAMABAD: Dr Qibla Ayaz, University of Peshawar’s former dean of Islamic and Oriental Studies Department, has been appointed the chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) by the Law Ministry.

According to a notification released on Friday, President Mamnoon Hussain has approved the appointment of Dr Qibla Ayaz as the new chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology with ten other members for a period of three years.

Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman, Khursheed Nadeem, Hafiz Fazlur Rahim and Allah Bakhsh Kalyar were among the newly appointed members of the CII.

Maulana Raghib Hussain Naimi, Qari Abdur Rashid, Ghulam Hussain Sialwi, Pir Rooh-ul-Hasnain Moin and Allama Arif Hussain Wahidi were also appointed as members of the body.

It may be mentioned here that the former chairman of CCI, Muhammad Khan Sheerani’s tenure had ended in November last year but the government had not appointed a new chairman. Sheerani had served as the CII chairman for a period of six years, from 2010 to 2016.

The CII is a constitutional body that advises the legislature whether or not a certain law is repugnant to Islam, ie, to the Qur’an and Sunna.

According to rules of the council, at least four meetings of the CII are mandatory during a year and a quorum of seven members is imperative to call a meeting.

The council consists of 20 members. 10 members of the body had completed their tenure last year. Reportedly, a list of 30 nominations had been forwarded to the prime minister through Ministry of Law and Justice for finalising names of the new members.

In addition to this, the federal government has posted Babar Hassan Bharwana, a grade 21 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service, the additional secretary (incharge) Housing and Works Division and directed Secretary Housing and Works Shahrukh Arbab to report to the Establishment Division.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Mir, a grade 21 officer of the PAS presently posted as Additional Secretary incharge Federal Education and Professional Training Division has been transferred and posted as the State Life Insurance of Pakistan chairman, under the Commerce Division with immediate effect.

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