Baluchistan to Table Shariah Bill
19 June 2003
After the North West Frontier Provinces adoption of Shariah, Baluchistan is
set to follow suit.
Chief Minister of Baluchistan, Jam Mohammad Yousaf, announced on Sunday June 15
in Quetta that a committee is preparing to table a Shariah bill in the
provincial assembly. The committee represents the parties that form the
coalition government in Baluchistan, but the move to introduce Shariah (Islamic
Law) comes from the hard-line Islamist party Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal. Its
leader, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, said that Muslims should not oppose the
This announcement follows the partys victory in pushing a Shariah bill through
the provincial assembly in North West Frontier Province. If Baluchistan votes to
pass their bill then half of Pakistans four provinces will be governed
according to Shariah. It is likely to be only a matter of time before the
remaining two provinces, Punjab and Sind, go down the same route.
The prospect for the approximately 3 million Christians, and other minorities,
in a Pakistan ruled according to Shariah is grim indeed. In Baluchistan itself
there are only 20,000 Christians, however Chief Minister Yousaf said there would
be no harm done by introducing Shariah to Baluchistan, because we are all
Muslims and being Muslim we should follow Shariah.
Pray for Christians already under Shariah in North West Frontier Province,
whose rights and freedoms are drastically reduced.
Pray against the spread of Shariah to other provinces.
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