By Zainab Hashmi This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. In October 2016, the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) passed legislation amending the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Act XLV of 1860) and the Code of Criminal Procedure, … Continue reading Criminal Law (Amendment): Offences in the Name or Pretext of Honor Act, 2016 Passed by Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) of Pakistan
Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance 1979 (Pakistan)
By Zainab Samantash Introduction/Summary: This Ordinance was introduced and was part of the then President, General Zia-ul-Haqś Islamization campaign, which aimed to bring the law into conformity with Islamic injunctions. It was drafted by the Council of Islamic Ideology in consultation with Dr. Ma’ruf al-Dawalibi. The law was prepared in Arabic and later translated into … Continue reading Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance 1979 (Pakistan)
Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law – The Spirit of Sharī’a or a Political Tool?
By Jiou Park Among the many countries with blasphemy laws currently in force, Pakistan has perhaps received the most attention from the international community for their particular harshness. In particular, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have been criticized as a tool of repression against religious minorities, including the minority Shī'īs as well as Christians and Aḥmadīs. It … Continue reading Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law – The Spirit of Sharī’a or a Political Tool?
Rape & the Hudood Ordinance: A Lost Opportunity
By Nimra Azmi From 1979 until 2006, the Zina Ordinance, a subsection of the Hudood Ordinances, governed rape under Pakistani law. The Hudood Ordinances were implemented during the rule of President Zia ul-Haq, who presided over the country from 1977-1988 as a military dictator. Representing a conservative Islamic orthodoxy of a Ḥanafī bent, Zia ul-Haq … Continue reading Rape & the Hudood Ordinance: A Lost Opportunity